Foster Care

Regional
1:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Law Enforcement Boost Efforts to Curb Child Sex Trafficking

This billboard is up around Milwaukee.
Credit FBI

You may have seen new billboards in Milwaukee this week asking people to call an 800 number if they know of a child involved in the sex trade.

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Foster Care
7:58 am
Tue October 23, 2012

New Health Care Model for Kids Seeks to Better Identify Abuse, Neglect

Dr. Lisa Zetley (left) treats many children in the foster care system in Milwaukee County.
Credit Erin Toner

We now continue our series on Wisconsin’s efforts to improve the health of children in foster care. Child welfare officials admit the existing system is not meeting many kids’ needs. As we reported Tuesday, the children’s health records are often incomplete and scattered among the many caregivers and doctors who’ve passed through the kids’ lives. To address the problem, the state plans to roll out a “medical home” program that would centralize each child’s care. Today, WUWM’s Erin Toner highlights another state initiative – a sharper focus on helping children heal from trauma and abuse.

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Foster Care
7:47 am
Mon October 22, 2012

State Aims to Fix 'Fragmented' Health Care System for Kids

The state, which runs the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, aims to improve health care for thousands of foster children in southeast Wisconsin.
Credit Erin Toner

The state of Wisconsin says it will soon roll out a new health care system for children in foster care. They often have far more serious medical and mental health needs than peers, yet people involved with the children say, too often, their needs are not met. In the first of a two-part series, WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on a big shortcoming of the current health care system for foster children – their medical records are scattered and incomplete. What the state plans to do to address the problem, is create for each child, a “medical home.”

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