Health Works/Foster Children Services

Health Works services are available to foster children living in DuPage County and their foster parents. Community Health Services collaborates with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) and Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to assure that all children who are in the custody of IDCFS receive quality, comprehensive health services while living in foster care. The Health Works staff assure that children in foster care receive an initial health screening, a comprehensive health evaluation, referral to a primary care physician (if necessary), access to specialty care, regular well child health examinations and case management services.

Foster parents are required to contact the DuPage County Health Department the day the child is placed in their home for the purposes of scheduling a comprehensive health evaluation. The Health Works medical case management staff assist foster parents that have difficulty in meeting this requirement and will insist in the linkage and facilitation of those services. An initial health screening is required to be done within 24 hours of a child entering custody. The comprehensive health evaluation included developmental testing, dental, mental health and substance abuse screenings. A primary care physician is selected for the child and medical case managers will work to promote access to services identified by the care plan created for the child.