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Children in foster care are thirteen times more likely to be treated with psychotropic drugs than children who are not in foster care.

The reason? It's much easier to medicate a child than to spend the time and money on appropriate therapies and treatments. 

Here, you will find information about the recent trend of prescribing unnecessary psychotropic medications to youth in foster care. 

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Bay Area News Group Investigation: Drugging Our Kids

Children in California’s foster care system are prescribed unproven, risky medications at alarming rates.

A year of interviews with foster youth, caregivers, doctors, researchers and legal advocates uncovered how the largest foster care system in the U.S. has grown dependent on quick-fix, taxpayer-funded, big-profit pharmaceuticals — and how the state has done little to stop it.

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law | Psychotropic Medication: Tips for Advocates and Judges

"Children in foster care or in other state care appear especially vulnerable to medication use. Concerns continue to be raised over adequate monitoring, second opinions, use of multiple medications at once, consent for the use of medications with children in care, and providing other necessary treatments such as counseling. Evidence shows individuals experience greater improvement when medication is combined with counseling than without..."

NPR Blog: Foster Kids Given Psychiatric Drugs At Higher Rates

Children in foster care are significantly more likely than other kids to be given mind-altering drugs, according to a study of five states released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

The report, which focused on children in the Medicaid program, also found that foster kids were more likely to be prescribed five or more psychotropic drugs at an age and at doses that exceed the maximum FDA-approved levels — both of which carry serious health risks...

Children's Rights Blog: Questioning the Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Foster Care

"The oversight — or lack of thereof — that child welfare systems have over the administration of the meds has become a hot button issue as more information has come to light about their use. In 2011, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report revealing that 35 percent of foster kids were prescribed psychotropic drugs, compared to just 10 percent of other children, in the five states it studied. The report spurred national media attention in outlets like 20/20 on ABC and NPR, and was the subject of a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing..."

CASA Blog: The Wrong Prescription

"In the past few days, we have all had the honor of getting to know a remarkable young man from Texas named Ke’onte Cook. He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, testified before Congress, and for many of us, his face is the face we now see when we think about the impact of overuse of psychotropic medications on foster youth..."

Mind Altering Candy-The Reality Of Psychotropics from an Almunus of Care

Day in and day out children in foster care are given psychotropic medications to cure or stabilize mental health disorders. As an illustration, I was once a victim of psychotropic medication while being placed in foster care at the age of thirteen. At that time I was happy and joyful even though I had a very unfortunate childhood. Depression increased over time due to the death of my mother; I was given strong medications known as Risperidone, Prozac,Thorazine, and Seroquel. At first I was taking the medication as directed by a psychiatrist with no side effects for a few weeks. A month came by and the side effects of medication slowly took over my body and mind...

Bay Area News Group Investigation: Drugging Our Kids

Children in California’s foster care system are prescribed unproven, risky medications at alarming rates.

A year of interviews with foster youth, caregivers, doctors, researchers and legal advocates uncovered how the largest foster care system in the U.S. has grown dependent on quick-fix, taxpayer-funded, big-profit pharmaceuticals — and how the state has done little to stop it.

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law | Psychotropic Medication: Tips for Advocates and Judges

"Children in foster care or in other state care appear especially vulnerable to medication use. Concerns continue to be raised over adequate monitoring, second opinions, use of multiple medications at once, consent for the use of medications with children in care, and providing other necessary treatments such as counseling. Evidence shows individuals experience greater improvement when medication is combined with counseling than without..."

NPR Blog: Foster Kids Given Psychiatric Drugs At Higher Rates

Children in foster care are significantly more likely than other kids to be given mind-altering drugs, according to a study of five states released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

The report, which focused on children in the Medicaid program, also found that foster kids were more likely to be prescribed five or more psychotropic drugs at an age and at doses that exceed the maximum FDA-approved levels — both of which carry serious health risks...

Children's Rights Blog: Questioning the Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Foster Care

"The oversight — or lack of thereof — that child welfare systems have over the administration of the meds has become a hot button issue as more information has come to light about their use. In 2011, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report revealing that 35 percent of foster kids were prescribed psychotropic drugs, compared to just 10 percent of other children, in the five states it studied. The report spurred national media attention in outlets like 20/20 on ABC and NPR, and was the subject of a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing..."

CASA Blog: The Wrong Prescription

"In the past few days, we have all had the honor of getting to know a remarkable young man from Texas named Ke’onte Cook. He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, testified before Congress, and for many of us, his face is the face we now see when we think about the impact of overuse of psychotropic medications on foster youth..."

Mind Altering Candy-The Reality Of Psychotropics from an Almunus of Care

Day in and day out children in foster care are given psychotropic medications to cure or stabilize mental health disorders. As an illustration, I was once a victim of psychotropic medication while being placed in foster care at the age of thirteen. At that time I was happy and joyful even though I had a very unfortunate childhood. Depression increased over time due to the death of my mother; I was given strong medications known as Risperidone, Prozac,Thorazine, and Seroquel. At first I was taking the medication as directed by a psychiatrist with no side effects for a few weeks. A month came by and the side effects of medication slowly took over my body and mind...

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