Q:

When applying for a foster care license, does the state always review medical records?

A:

Each state has its own requirements for foster care applicants, which may or may not include a medical examination and review for everyone in the household. Adopt Us Kids has an online page that leads to foster care sites for individual states. State sites reveal information about medical reporting requirements.

Generally, states want to ensure that applicants meet minimum mental and physical health guidelines. This involves being examined by a licensed physician and receiving the appropriate documentation of the exam. For example, the North Carolina Division of Social Services requires medical information that includes an examination and a TB skin test that screens for tuberculosis.


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