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Medicating Trauma

Improving Prescription Oversight of Children in Foster Care

By Melissa D. Carter

Children in foster care are prescribed psychotropic medications at rates higher than those for children not in foster care. Such medications do not necessarily help the children; nor is there guidance about their safe use. The children do not even understand why they are receiving such medications. Increasingly needed is oversight of the use of psychotropic medication on foster children, as well as a systemic approach to medication management that encompasses the courts, child welfare agencies, medical professionals, and children’s advocates.

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