Medical & Dental
Children seldom enter foster care with a comprehensive medical history. Subsequent records are often missing or poorly maintained. It is not unusual for youth living in foster care to encounter medical problems ranging from repeated innoculations every time they change schools to a lack of attention to basic health needs like dental and eye care and regular yearly checkups. While foster children have, by definition, suffered traumatic experiences, fewer than half of them who desperately need mental-health services receive appropriate care.
City Youth Now receives many requests for eyeglasses for youth in Juvenile Hall who were never told before that they had a vision problem or for weight loss and nutrition programs for youth who are suffering from obesity or other medical problems.
City Youth Now tries to help with medical and dental expenses that cannot be provided by any other funding source.