Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC)


For more information phone 619-692-8489 or send us an email.

Purpose: The HCPCFC provides care coordination activities on behalf of children in foster care. Foster Care Public Health Nurses (PHNs) are located within the Child Welfare Services offices of all six regions of San Diego County.


PHNs help children in the foster care system get the health care they need and make sure children receive preventive healthcare and treatment of health problems. They help substitute care providers (foster parents and relative caregivers) by making timely referrals for medical, dental, mental health services, and early intervention to specialty providers.

Medical and Dental Exams

Children must receive medical and dental exams within 30 days of entry into foster care and then continue with routine medical and dental exams, as identified in the Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program Guidelines while in foster care. Depending on the child's age, a child's health exam may include: medical history and physical, dental assessment, nutrition assessment, developmental/behavioral assessment, anticipatory guidance, body measurements, hearing and vision screening, specific procedures/tests, and/or other laboratory tests as found to be necessary.

Professionals Working with Foster Children

PHNs provide education to social workers, probation officers, juvenile court judges, attorneys, school nurses, physicians and others about the special health care needs of children in foster care.

Health and Education Passport (HEP)

A HEP is created for each child in foster care and includes past and current health, dental, and education information. The HEP is shared with the foster parent, biological parent, healthcare providers, and the youth upon exiting foster care.

Additional Resources and Links

For more information phone 619-692-8489 or send us an email.