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scohorn's picture

I think that foster parents should definitely have input in the treatment plans. Foster parents are the ones that are with them day in and day out and know what the struggles they are facing are. They are the ones who have to deal with the effects. I think they are acting as parents and should be allowed to make decisions as if they were the parents.

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timmac53's picture

I appreciate having a doctor who has a very conservative approach to prescribing meds and who takes the time to explain what the desired effect is and then monitors the children very closely.

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epowell's picture

I have two kids in my home and they are both on medication. In my opinion it varies from situation to situation, but I do believe med should be the last resort. If mess in the result making sure that your educated is very important because just like the different passages stated sometimes kids are put on things that ended up doing more harm than anything. So just be aware than go from there.

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epowell's picture

I have two kids in my home and they are both on medication. In my opinion it varies from situation to situation, but I do believe med should be the last resort. If mess in the result making sure that your educated is very important because just like the different passages stated sometimes kids are put on things that ended up doing more harm than anything. So just be aware than go from there.

Medication can be added to other therapies

kimberley504's picture

Our foster/adoptive daughter (six years old) joined us in June 2015. She has ADHD. She had been kicked out of pre-k programs and after joining us had difficulty in kindergarten. She was sent to the principal's office almost daily and had few friends. We started her in therapy, had a behavioral therapist visit her several times a week at school and at home, and put her on medication. She needed all of these to be able to function at school, but her reputation could not be fixed. We have moved and started a different school and it's like night and day. She is no longer the kid that hits people, and all of these therapies helped, in addition to having a loving, stable home.

We have a 4 year old that we

mooreson92's picture

We have a 4 year old that we adopted from foster care last year. He has a history of trauma and we are exploring methods of treatment other than medications.

No kid that young should be

moorekandm's picture

No kid that young should be on meds

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linneacnord's picture

I am a strong believer of medication as a last resort. Reading about the high number of children given medication for their behaviors, I feel sad that this is the option most used. I know that there are times when it needs to be done, but I truly hope that people use other methods first in order to help children before medicating them into a hazy state.

We Foster 2 young boys,

Smorton's picture

We Foster 2 young boys, almost 2 years of age. I have no experience with medications in foster children, but if they were recommended by the doctor I would make sure as their foster parent that it wasn't the Only thing they were getting. Meaning therapy I feel is very important

Taking a stance and active roll in foster children's medications

albertjeffrey27's picture

I have been a foster parent and now HCTC Foster dad for higher care foster kids. In both, for the past 8 years, I have encounter the arrogance that may be perceived by foster parent's by medical doctors or Case Managers. In my experience, I have learned to advocate for both my regular foster care children and higher care foster kids. How? Well, as repeatedly mentioned, treat them kids as your own, raise the flag and you don't have to take the care of those medical facilities that are contracted by the your State or Agency overseeing the case management of the child. You can always advocate by justifying it is your parental or guardianship to seek a second opinion in the best medical benefit of the foster child and not the agency or contracted medical doctor. For instance, I adopted an 11 year old boy who had eleven (11) powerful prescription medications. In a matter of month's when I first fostered this young kiddo, his constant vomiting, nervous ticks and sleep spells was easily controlled as I began to monitored the medications and the time's these medications were administered. In lest than a year, my son now take's one over the counter medication (IRON) to treat his low iron deficiency. Prozac, ADD, ADHD, Zoloft and all other crazy harsh on your body medications were slowly reduced as I fought for my foster/adoptive son to received second and third medical recommendations from reputable hospitals or clinics. I felt some, case manager's feel they are above the foster parents which in my case, I am please to report I turned that table around and made sure I sustained the courts well informed of my child's care and need for slow decrease of all his medications. We as foster parents need to engage in the better interest of these foster kids life's. I have had a few of the 8 foster children I have had that I would agree on some of their medications such as increasing their ADD/ADHD medication based on my in home care and daily care of such children. Overall, I agree that I see most of my foster children being overly medicated due to poor parental supervision by some foster families or case managers not engaging in advocating for the child under their care. In conclusion; don't feel intimidated by the foster child's attorney or treatment plan. Just advocate for the child and seek other medical venues to ensure you get a second or third opinion form medical or psychiatric professionals in order to get the right treatment and person to help you with your foster child. My now adoptive son is healthy and striving socially and in school with no more medications in his body. One life saved and more to come in the future.

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melissamcgill's picture

Over the last 9 years I have had 5 foster kids come thru my home. Most of them stayed for at least 2 years or more. They all had different issues but at some point were all on medications. I agree that we as fosterparents need to be included in the discussion of taking them off of a medication. We are the ones with them day in and day out. We see the benefit they have on them. If they are working why change it.

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Desiree9157's picture

I believe that when you open your home to a foster child, that child should be treated as if he or she is your own. when my foster daughter came to live with me, I ensured that I obtained full knowledge and understanding of her medications and what they were for, it is VERY important to manage their medication correctly, because you are responsible for giving the child the medication as well as keep a log to track when the medication was given to ensure that the correct doses are give and the correct time. It is also important to monitor the child once medications have been given to them to ensure that there aren't any bad effects that the child feels after taking it and if so, it is your responsibility to speak on their behalf for them if you feel something is wrong or if maybe it is not helping and other medication may be needed.

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ncsaint's picture

We had an 11 year old foster boy who had several emotional problems. We asked the Case worker if she would allow him a psychiatrist to review him. She emphatically stated no. She immediately stated that she does not believe in drugs or the use of drugs for children. I understand that there are cases of over medication or being medicated for no reason. But there are times when medication is needed. Because the case worker refused to work with us we had to ask that the boy be re-homed. We were sad and disappointed because we could have worked with the child if we could have gotten the help ourselves.

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deybarry01's picture

I currently have a 10 year old boy in my home. He was on 4 different meds when he was placed with me 7 months ago. He was showing improvement so the case worker and doctor took him off 1 of the meds. The next month the doctor decided to take him off of another med. This turned out to be a very bad decision. After 3 weeks he was put back on the meds. I feel like I should have been consulted when removing the meds because I'm with him everyday. Foster Parents see the day to day behavior and moods so our input is needed.

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dewbabyt's picture

When a child is placed in your home you should treat this child as if they were your own. Being completely involved in their medication management is vital. You are responsible for giving the child the medication and need to educate yourself on the risks and side effects of these meds. If you feel something isn't right or they are on a medication they shouldn't be then you need to step up and be their voice

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1biochild's picture

I have had various age ranges over the years in foster parenting and i think that the foster caregivers should have input in all areas of the child's treatment. sometimes at intake the social workers only get a glimpse of what is going on and then they pick a family. once the child is placed the social worker will never really know the behaviors because the children have a way of behaving while being seen and then a month later they begin to act out. i firmly believe that as foster parents documentation is the key and should go to all appointments so everyone is on the same page and that the foster child knows that their behavior and medication plan will be discussed at the dr office with them present.

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bclickwar's picture

we had one foster boy who was 6 years old.. we took him to therapy and the dr. wanted to prescribe meds for him. he was austic and had severe adhd. we asked the caseworker about his meds. and she said we couldn't give him any because his birth mom refused to let him be given any meds for his condition.. our hands where tied and we felt that we let this child down... the birth parents should not be allowed to hinder these children from getting the help they need....we feel as if we failed him... he is now with an adoptive family and maybe they will help him... sometimes the system doesn't work for the children....

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bclickwar's picture

we had one foster boy who was 6 years old.. we took him to therapy and the dr. wanted to prescribe meds for him. he was austic and had severe adhd. we asked the caseworker about his meds. and she said we couldn't give him any because his birth mom refused to let him be given any meds for his condition.. our hands where tied and we felt that we let this child down... the birth parents should not be allowed to hinder these children from getting the help they need....we feel as if we failed him... he is now with an adoptive family and maybe they will help him... sometimes the system doesn't work for the children....

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skipper123's picture

We as foster parents need the help of the professional experts to get us through hard times that the children has experienced before they came to my
home. What we observe in the home then the agency needs to follow through on what we see instead off dragging their feet. We want the kids to grow up in normal home and all we need some help with meds. After my son got on his meds then he started to function like himself and not be emotional wreck like he was before

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spedteacher828's picture

Both my children are from the foster care system. They both had prenatal drug exposure as well. I know that this makes them a greater risk for ADHD. My son, doctors said that they wouldn't do any medication for his ADHD until he was 5. They said there was nothing on the market for children under 5 and once he turned 5, it was limited to just a couple until he turned 6 and many more options were available. The funny thing now, is his sister, who is 2 1/2, her neurologist told me that when she turns 3, he would prescribe some medication for her ADHD. I thought there was nothing out there until age 5? One doctor tells you one thing and another does something else. I don't know that I am comfortable putting my daughter on something that young after her rough start and it taking over 18 months to detox from her prenatal drug exposure.

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Q50mcneil's picture

As a licensed healthcare worker, I am against putting a child younger than 3 years of age or 5 years of age especially if their are no symptoms on medications, be glad they are healthy and breathing and walking. I work with medically fragile youth who need and have to take medication and their times when they may feel discomfort and they may have doctors order. I never ignore doctors orders but Im lucky because their parents have the final say when administering as needed medication. If they are not in distress or pain There are other natural methods. Some as simple as soft music. And simple things such as non violent TV shows which at times may produce some of these aggressive moods. If they have ADHD. You have to find a way to fine tune that hyperactivity she's 3 how about ballet. Im sure she would love a tutu skirt. Michael Phelps has ADHD if she is not sick just monitor her because psychotropics on a growing and developing child. Im just Old School. Get some tennis shoes go to the park, keep her busy you are the parent when she can't sleep at night from the medication and when she goes through withdrawal SYMPTOMS because mommy can't stand in line at CVS for a refill. Im just against pushing drugs to children unless its medically needed especially is she does not have any symptoms not tearing up the house, not doing anything abnormal, but even if she is she may be bored. These kids are so much more advanced than we were. Good Luck

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Q50mcneil's picture

As a licensed healthcare worker and I am against putting a child younger than 3 years of age or 5 years of age especially if their are no symptoms. I work with medically fragile youth who need and have to take medication and their times when they may feel discomfort and they may have doctors order. I never ignore doctors orders but Im lucky because their parents have the say so when administering as needed medication. If they are not in distress or pain, then there are other natural methods. Some as simple as soft music. And simple things such as non violent TV shows which at times may produce some of these aggressive moods. If they have ADHD. You have to find a way to fine tune that hyperactivity she's 3 how about ballet. Im sure she would love a tutu skirt. Michael Phelps has ADHD if she is not sick just monitor her because psychotropics on a growing and developing child. Im just Old School. Get some tennis shoes go to the park, keep her busy you are the parent when she can't sleep at night from the medication and when she goes through withdrawal SYMPTOMS because mommy can't stand in line at CVS for a refill. Im just against pushing drugs to children unless its medically needed especially is she does not have any symptoms not tearing up the house, not doing anything abnormal, but even if she does have a normal tantrum. She may be bored. These kids are so much more advanced than we were. Good Luck