The State of Texas provides coordinated health services for children in DFPS conservatorship with a “3 in 30” series of services.
Ongoing Coordinated Care
Children in DFPS conservatorship continue to receive Texas Health Steps preventive medical checkups in a medical home. In addition, STAR Health provides specialty referrals, oral health services, vision services, behavioral health services, prescription drugs and medical supplies, and other health services.
By providing a medical home, Texas Health Steps providers coordinate care with other health-care service providers to address the full range of health needs of children in DFPS conservatorship.
The AAP recommends that, when possible, children in foster care continue to receive health care in their original medical home. This promotes continuity of care for the child. It also provides a more complete health history, immunization records, and results of previous screenings.
Texas Health Steps promotes the medical home model and encourages providers to adopt trauma-informed practices to better serve all patients, including children in DFPS conservatorship.
Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect
Children removed from their home may have experienced abuse or neglect that has not been reported. Health-care providers are required by Texas law to report suspected abuse or neglect immediately to state or local law enforcement or DFPS. If you detect signs of child abuse or neglect while examining a child in DFPS conservatorship, file a report by:
- Calling the 24-hour toll-free DFPS abuse hotline at 800-252-5400
- Or making a report online on the DFPS reporting website.