On Thursday, March 2nd CASA of San Mateo County hosted a panel of local medical practitioners to share their perspectives on the comprehensive health care needs of and services available to foster children in San Mateo County.
As part of our volunteer continuing education series, referred to as Monthly Networking Meetings, CASA of San Mateo County held this very special event where we invited our county foster parents to join CASA volunteers and CASA staff to learn directly from medical practitioners with considerable experience with children and families involved in the child welfare system. The panelists reviewed the age-specific preventative health care standards, touching on the early intervention and screening for delays that occur in the first five years and the well child checks that all children should be receiving. The panelists highlighted the role that CASA volunteers and foster parents can play as the "squeaky wheel" that can ensure our children get the basic check-up and health provider services that all children need. The night concluded with a question and answer session where attendees were able to get concrete guidance on how best to advocate for the medical needs of their assigned children. This two-hour session built upon CASA volunteers' 30-hour training and the professional support they receive on an on-call basis to provide the type of advocacy and support our program is known for.
Thank you to our panelists for sharing their wisdom with our volunteers and foster parents. CASA of San Mateo County is looking forward to continuing to enhance the healthy futures of our children.
(Pictured from left to right: Dr. Tricia Tayama, Medical Director, Keller Center for Family Violence Intervention; Dr. Janet Chaikind, Director of Pediatrc, San Mateo Medical Center; Dr. Harvey Kaplan, CASA of SMC Board Member; and Lori Sterling, Public Health Nurse, San Mateo County)