Services & Specialties
CHECK Foster Care

Comprehensive Health Evaluations for Cincinnati’s Kids


The CHECK (Comprehensive Health Evaluations for Cincinnati’s Kids) Center is here to help with the medical needs of children with child welfare involvement through the CHECK Foster Care Clinic and the CHECK-IN medical consultation service.

In the CHECK Foster Care Clinic, our clinicians are dedicated to helping families by taking a multidisciplinary approach to providing diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to meet the unique medical, dental, behavioral and mental health needs of children in foster care and kinship care in Greater Cincinnati.

The CHECK Foster Care Center is headed by Medical Director Mary Greiner, MD, MS, a professor of pediatrics in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s. CHECK Clinical services are provided by Mary Greiner, MD, MS, Megan Hennigan, MD, Eunice Blackmon, MD, Julie Dversdall, MSN, APRN, CPNP, Molly McHenry, FNP, AAHIV, Diogo Anyigbo, MD, MPH, Julie Bemerer, PsyD, and Megan Radenhausen, PhD, at the Cincinnati Children’s Burnet Campus and the Liberty Campus.

Patient representatives Janae Lucas and Jeanette Williams as well as social workers Tiffany McDonald and Jackie Unkrich assist clinicians and families with obtaining medical history, scheduling specialty appointments, providing social interventions and community resources, and locating and establishing a medical home.

The Scientific Director is Sarah Beal, PhD. Learn about our research.

The CHECK-IN program, co-located at Hamilton County Job and Family Services, provides medical consultation to caseworkers to support families with child welfare involvement. CHECK-IN is led by Medical Director Mary Greiner, MD, MS, and Lead APRN, Julie Dversdall, MSN, APRN, CPNP.

Our Services

The CHECK Foster Center team will help guide you and your child in foster or kinship care through the process of establishing healthcare. Learn More

About Foster and Kinship Care

Children in foster care and kinship care face many obstacles to healthy lives and often have complex medical and behavioral problems. Learn More

How You Can Help

Learn more about giving.

Children placed into foster and kinship care face many healthcare obstacles and are often in need of special care. No other program in the Cincinnati area currently meets the complex medical needs of these vulnerable children.

Your support can help to:

  • Provide emergency items (diapers, formula, cribs, beds, helmets, toothbrushes / toothpaste) for children newly placed in care
  • Provide comfort items (blankets, stuffed animals, books) for children in transition
  • Provide resources (grocery money, gas cards) for kinship families caring for children
  • Support pilot clinical programs at CHECK Foster Care Center including bringing a dentist to the clinic and having a therapist on site for children immediately following removal from their homes
  • Support research in how to best provide healthcare for children in foster and kinship care and youth aging out of foster care to improve long-term outcomes (completing high school, higher education, employment)