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Kristin Turney and Christopher Wildeman make four conclusions in their publication, Mental and Physical Health of Children in Foster Care.


  1. children placed in foster care have more mental and physical health conditions than children not placed in foster care.
  2. although some of the mental and physical health differences of children in foster care compared with other children were explained by characteristics of these children and their households, many of the differences in mental health persisted after adjusting for these child and household characteristics, suggesting possible effects of foster care placement on mental health.
  3. children placed in foster care are in poor mental and physical health relative to children in virtually every other type of family situation including children in economically disadvantaged families.
  4. Additionally, the results show that children adopted from foster care have worse health than their counterparts in foster care.

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