In 2018 almost 700,000 children spent time in foster care in the United States.1 Children who are in foster care tend to have greater physical and behavioral health needs than other children. Due to the traumatic nature of the foster care placement itself and the higher rates of exposure to trauma than most youth, many of these children face unique behavioral health challenges. Given that most children in foster care are insured through Medicaid, programs that serve this population need to have systems and services in place that can both improve their overall health and well-being as well as increase the chances of stable placement in a loving and supportive family.
At UnitedHealthcare, we offer integrated care programs to better serve the unique needs of the foster care population. By partnering with child welfare systems, Medicaid agencies, caregivers, and community stakeholders, we build solutions designed to help children and youth in foster care improve their lives and chances for success.