Overmedicating of Children in Foster Care

Children in foster care are 13 times more likely to be medicated with powerful psychotropic drugs than children not in foster care. According to a new federal report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), there have even been instances where doctors prescribed doses beyond what the Food and Drug Administration have approved.

As a CASA volunteer in Harris County, Texas, I have witnessed this first hand – Teenagers who are on at least two different powerful psychotropic medications, but are not receiving consistent therapeutic services.

I agree with Senator Thomas Carper, who called for the GAO investigation, when he says, “We need to get to the bottom of this and do the best that we can to stop it, not just the Congress, not just the doctors, not just the states. All of us together.”

For more on this subject, check out the National CASA Blog or ABC’s coverage of this topic

Shiloh Carter

About Shiloh Carter

Shiloh Carter is working as a Graduate Fellow for the Center for Children, Law, & Policy. Prior to law school, Shiloh received her bachelor degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas. As an undergraduate, she worked with children with special needs. During law school, Shiloh worked as a scholar for the Center for Children, Law, & Policy and completed internships with Kids In Need of a Defense (KIND) and the Crimes Against Children Section of the Galveston County District Attorney's Office. In addition, Shiloh volunteers with Child Advocates as a court appointed special advocate and has completed four cases. She has received numerous awards for her dedication to public interest work including the Center for Children, Law, & Policy Napoleon Beazley Defender Award 2013, the University of Houston Law Center Distinguished Service Award 2013, the Ann Dinsmore Forman Memorial Child Advocacy Award 2012, and the Robert Allen Memorial Student Excellence Award 2012.

2 thoughts on “Overmedicating of Children in Foster Care

  1. Lee
    December 9, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    I was a foster child in the state of california and this happened to me and all the other foster children I lived with. Our conditions were often misdiagnosed so I was medicated for conditions I did not really have. I would also be on like four different types of behavioral medications at a time..types and doses always changing. I am pretty sure I have been permanently affected by this.

  2. Patty Zesut
    December 2, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    So glad you did a post about this! I just read that article this morning and was absolutely appalled.

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