Foster Care: Making All the Children Healthy (MATCH)
HCAM provides health care coordination, education, and advocacy services to make sure Baltimore City children in foster care receive the health care they need. Through MATCH, we serve every child placed in foster or kinship care in the city, working closely with caseworkers from the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS) and foster or kinship parents.
Among our services, we coordinate health assessments for all children in foster care; enroll them in the state’s medical assistance program; help them obtain health, dental, and behavioral health services; case-manage some children’s complex health cases; and assist young people in making the transition from foster care into independent adult lives.
In FY14, MATCH tracked 2,309 BCDSS children in foster care. Of these:
- 72 percent of appointments scheduled were verified as kept.
- 91 percent of children had their well-child visit within the past year.
- 53 percent of children tracked in FY14 had a reduction in the health needs score after one year of case management by the MATCH staff
- 91 percent of new entrants to the MATCH program had a comprehensive health assessment (medical, dental, and mental health) completed within the first 60 days of program enrollment.
Funding: Maryland Department of Human Services|Baltimore City Department of Social Services