Foster Youth’s Medical Information and Stories State By State

Each state varies in the documentation of foster youth’s medical info, social history, and life stories.

To work together, we must understand these differences, starting with the NAMES of the documents and if they are required or optional.


Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas

California (CA)

-Lifebook (recommended, but not required)

-Medical Passport + PSYCHOSOCIAL AND MEDICAL HISTORY OF CHILD

Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho

Illinois (IL)

-Lifebook (recommended, but not required)(one agency is starting a Lifebook with each youth at the 48hr meeting if they don’t already have one)

-Medical History Form (unknown)

-Unsure if there is a different document completed after the termination of parental rights or one that notes reasons for being in care.

Iowa

Indiana (IN)

-Lifebook (unknown)

Medical Passport (all kids in care), included medical care, inherited conditions, placements, educational history

-Unsure if there is a different document completed after the termination of parental rights or one that notes reasons for being in care.

Kentucky (KY)

-Lifebook (unknown)

Medical Passport (all kids in care)

Initial Medical history with Family

-Unsure if there is a different document completed after the termination of parental rights, that documents birth parent history, placements, etc.

Kansas

Louisiana (LA)

-Lifebook (unknown)

-Medical History Form (unknown)

-Unsure if there is a different document completed after the termination of parental rights or one that notes reasons for being in care.

Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts

Michigan (MI)

-Lifebook (unknown)

Medical Passport (all kids in care)

-Unsure if there is a different document completed after the termination of parental rights, that documents birth parent history, placements, etc.

Minnesota (MN)

-Lifebook (required for foster youth receiving recruitment services)

-Social Medical History – DHS 6754A (all foster youth in care 6 months+)

Relevant Statues: 260c.212, 259.43, 260c.609, 260c.219, 260c.452, 260c.623, 259.83, 260E.35, 259.79

Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire

New Jersey

Health Passport for all children in care

Life Book recommended while in care

New Mexico

New York

Health Passport (abbreviated) and Form DSS-711, Child’s Medical Record (or physician-provided equivalent) for all children in care

Life Book recommended upon first coming into care

Relevant statuses: 18 CRR-NY 441.22(k)NY Soc Serv L § 373-A (2021)

North Carolina
North Dakota

Ohio (OH)

-Lifebook (required for all foster youth after they have been in care 6 months)

-Child’s Health and Education History (all foster youth)

Child Study Inventory (CSI) (required for foster youth post TPR)

Relevant Statues: Rule 5101:2-48-21, Rule 5101:2-42-66.2 and Rule 5101:2-42-67

Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania


If your state is not represented above, please add the following in the comments:

  • In your state, what is the document that holds a foster youth’s social and medical history called?
  • And is it REQUIRED or suggested?

If your state IS represented, did I get it right?


Requirements Outside the United States

United Kingdom (UK)

-LifeStory book (required for all foster youth moving toward adoption)


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