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Adolescent Care

Foster Care Children

The WSMA believes that when placing children in foster care, all medical information should be expeditiously provided to the foster care parent. (Res 51, A-90) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA supports the creation of a foster care health unit supervised by a physician within DSHS, devoted to ensuring access to and maintaining the quality of medical care provided to Washington State children in foster care. (Res A-5, A-05) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA encourages the state to provide preschool tuition subsidies for those 3-5-year-old foster children who are not – or are unable to be –enrolled in the Head Start Program or the State's Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP). (Res C-6, A-06) (Reaffirmed A-19)

Undocumented Immigrant Children The WSMA opposes policy that detains immigrant children in detention facilities, which increases adverse childhood events for children. (Res B-7, A-18)

The WSMA supports policy that promotes reunification of families who have been separated at the U.S. border. (Res B-7, A-18)


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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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