Fostering Health Program Receives Angels in Adoption Award

October 19, 2016

Program honored for work with Rhode Island children in foster care system

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Fostering Health Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital was recently awarded the 2016 Angels in Adoption honor for the program’s work with Rhode Island’s foster youth. The program aims to address the special health care needs of children in foster care and post adoption, who are at increased risk for chronic illnesses such as asthma and obesity, as well as mental, behavioral and educational issues.

The Fostering Health Program was established in 2013 to address the barriers to health care experienced by Rhode Island’s foster youth. As a component of Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s primary care clinic, the program provides care to newborns and children through 18 years of age who do not have an identified primary care provider.  The program is a family-centered medical home committed to providing timely and comprehensive care to any foster or adopted child.  The program’s clinicians work collaboratively with community partners to ensure that the well-being and safety needs of foster and adopted children are being met.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption Program, honored members of the Fostering Health Program, Colleen Deems, MSN, PNP and Laurie Sepe, LPN, at a recent awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed nominated the Fostering Heath Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital for the award.

The Angels in Adoption Program is CCAI’s signature public awareness event and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad. This year, more than 140 Angels are being honored through the Angels in Adoption Program.

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