The Cincinnati Children’s CHECK Foster Care Center provides screening, evaluation and up-to-date evidence-based clinical care for the children living in foster care in Hamilton County.

  • Our multidisciplinary team provides diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to meet the unique medical, dental, behavioral and mental health needs of foster care children.
  • We offer compassionate assistance, education, training and support for foster families.
  • Our team is available as a resource throughout the entire transition of care for your child.  

CHECK Services

  • Provide medical care for your foster child during the first weeks he or she is in your home
  • Collect, compile and organize your child’s medical history so that you, Hamilton County Job & Family Services and your child’s pediatrician have accurate and complete medical information as quickly as possible
  • Schedule or help you schedule any specialty care your child needs
  • Help you find and establish continuity pediatric care for your foster child

Initial Visit

During your initial visit, you and your child can expect that we will:

  • Discuss your child’s transition, stressors and behaviors
  • Share any medical history information we have already obtained
  • Address your concerns regarding health, behavior and development
  • Perform a complete physical exam of your child with particular attention to any acute or chronic problems that need immediate attention
  • Make an appointment to have you back for a comprehensive visit in three to five weeks
  • Make appointments for your child to see any specialist he or she needs
  • Complete any health forms you need for Job & Family Services, childcare or school
  • Discuss if blood work is needed to screen for communicable diseases   

Comprehensive Visit

During your comprehensive visit, you and your child can expect that we will:

  • Discuss your child’s most recent behaviors, stressors and health concerns
  • Share any medical history information we have obtained
  • Address your concerns regarding health, behavior and development. We’ll also share any concerns we identify during our chart review, history or exam.
  • Perform a complete physical exam of your child
  • Perform developmental screening or assessment and make appropriate referrals
  • Complete a mental health screening to guide referrals
  • Administer vaccines, bringing your child up to date, or setting up a schedule for catching up if any are significantly delayed
  • Complete and provide health forms to you as needed for Job & Family Services, childcare or school
  • Work with you to identify a primary care provider for your child
  • Make appointments for your child to see any specialists as needed