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 (Making All the Children Healthy), we serve every child placed in foster or kinship care in the city, while collaborating with caseworkers from BCDSS (Baltimore City Department of Social Services), foster families, medical providers, dental providers, and behavioral health providers throughout the state of Maryland. HCAM has been implementing this partnership since April 2009.

Among our services, we utilize a committed team, which includes registered nurses and licensed social workers, to coordinate medical, dental and behavioral health exams for all children in foster care; enroll them in the state’s medical assistance program; case-manage children’s complex behavioral and physical health needs; and assist young people in assuming responsibility of managing their own health care when transitioning from foster care into independent adult lives.

FY18 MATCH worked with 1957 BCDSS children in foster care. Our impact:

100% of children (excluding those in an inpatient facility) had exams scheduled by MATCH

100% of children received an assigned Medical Case Manager or Care Coordinator who coordinated and managed their individual health and mental health care

91% of new entrants to MATCH Program had initial health appointments at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center within 5 days of program enrollment

85% of children received well-child exams within the past year

Funding: Maryland Department of Human Services|Baltimore City Department of Social Services

 For more information, call 443-423-5960.