Children in foster care are more likely to be prescribed psychiatric medication than other Medicaid-eligible children. Some psychiatric/psychotropic medication can be safe and effective for reducing specific symptoms such as nightmares, sleep problems and anxiety, but no medication can “cure” children’s traumatic stress. It is appropriate to ask questions or raise concerns if: the child placed in your home is prescribed medications alone, and is not receiving any therapy; medications have been prescribed for a child younger than age 4; the child placed in your home is taking more than one psychotropic medication; or you observe any side effects that concern you, or the child reports discomfort with side effects.

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