Medically fragile foster children can range from those with short-term and/or curable conditions to more serious, and possibly terminal, illness. While all foster children have challenges, it can be even more difficult to find appropriate foster and forever homes for children who require special medical attention.

It takes a special family to foster a medically fragile child. Doctors, nurses, and others with medical backgrounds are uniquely positioned to provide support to these children. However, foster families who are willing to learn how to care for and meet the special needs of a medically fragile child are also needed. You can provide the loving and caring environment for a special child who may not need more than a consistent and comfortable home in order to start on the road to recovery.

If you and your family are open to fostering a child with special medical needs, you will have many resources at your disposal. In addition to the child’s healthcare expenses fully covered by the state of Washington, the following programs and organizations are available:

  • Fostering Well-Being Care Coordination Unit: Providing care coordination services for children in out-of-home placement to assure access to effective and comprehensive healthcare. Care coordination addresses interrelated medical, dental, mental health, substance abuse, and developmental needs to achieve optimal health and wellness outcomes. Upon welcoming a medically fragile child into your home, these services are available by contacting 1-800-422-3263 ext. 52626 or fwbccu@dshs.wa.gov. (Note: Email contacts should not include any child specific information. We will contact you for additional details.)
  • Case Management
  • Primary Health Care Providers
  • Caregiver Support Plan