In this course, you can expect to learn:
Why psychotropic medications are overused for children and youth in foster care
The impact of off-label psychotropic medications on young people in care
How to identify various types of psychotropic medications and their intended uses
Ways foster parents and caregivers can become children and youth's best advocates for safe, responsible, supported, and supervised use of medication where appropriate
Watch the Bay Area News Group’s Drugging Our Kids, a powerful investigative documentary that led to reform of psychiatric medication use in California.
Review "Psychotropic Medication and Children in Foster Care" from the American Bar Association, which provides details about types of psychotropic medications and the role of caregivers and foster parents.
Read the ThinkProgress article "Sweeping New Legislation In California Limits Psychotropics Among Foster Children" for an overview of leading changes in policy and practice concerning psychotropic medications.
Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:
As an advocate for children, what is the foster parent’s role in ensuring that medication is properly used for children in foster care?