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55 Pa. Code § 3700.51. Medical and dental care.


§ 3700.51. Medical and dental care.

 (a)  The FFCA shall ensure that a child receives a medical appraisal by a licensed physician within 60 days of the child’s admission to foster family care, unless the child has had an appraisal within the last 90 days and the results of the appraisal are available. The appraisal shall include:

   (1)  A review of the child’s health history.

   (2)  Physical examination of the child.

   (3)  Laboratory or diagnostic tests as indicated by the examining physician, including those required to detect communicable disease.

 (b)  The FFCA shall arrange for immediate medical attention when a medical problem is recognized at the time of referral.

 (c)  After the initial health appraisal, the FFCA shall ensure that a child has contact with a licensed physician according to the following schedule:

Birth through 6 monthsOnce every 6 weeks
7 months through 23 monthsOnce every 3 months
23 months and olderOnce a year

 (d)  The FFCA shall ensure that a child, 3 years of age or older, receives a dental appraisal by a licensed dentist within 60 days of admission, unless the child has had an appraisal within the previous 6 months and the results of the appraisal are available. The appraisal shall include:

   (1)  Taking or reviewing the child’s dental history.

   (2)  Examination of the hard and soft tissue of the oral cavity.

   (3)  X-rays for diagnostic purposes, if deemed necessary by the dentist.

 (e)  After the initial appraisals, the FFCA shall ensure that dental examinations are given to children 3 years of age or older at least once every 9 months of placement.

 (f)  The FFCA shall confirm the immunization record of the child within 60 calendar days of placement. An appropriate immunization schedule shall be established for the child based on his immunization status.

 (g)  The FFCA shall ensure that children receive necessary medical care when they are ill.

 (h)  The FFCA shall encourage parents to participate in the program of regular and appropriate medical and dental care for their child.

 (i)  The FFCA shall ensure that a continuing medical record is maintained for each child by assisting with retrieval of past medical records and transfer of current records to the child’s ongoing source of child care.


   The provisions of this §  3700.51 amended under Articles II, VII, IX and X of the Public Welfare Code (62 P. S. § §  201—211, 701—774, 901—922 and 1001—1080).


   The provisions of this §  3700.51 amended January 23, 1987, effective July 23, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 392. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (75190) and (97999).

Notes of Decisions


   Section 3700.61 delegates the authority to inspect for compliance with requirements covering health, 55 Pa. Code §  3700.51; safety, 55 Pa. Code §  3700.67; and necessary facilities, 55 Pa. Code §  3700.66; and approve foster homes to an approved foster family care agency as defined in 55 Pa. Code §  3700.4, so as to effectuate the purposes of the regulations set out in 55 Pa. Code §  3700.2. In re Lowry, 464 A.2d 333 (Pa. Super. 1983).

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