HealthWorks of Illinois

Providing Healthcare Services for Foster Children

What is HealthWorks?

To provide comprehensive services to all children in the custody of DCFS.

HealthWorks of Illinois in Kankakee County:

  • Assures linkage for foster children to a primary care physician
  • Provides medical case management to children less than 6 years of age, and pregnant foster children
  • Maintains health information for foster children living in Kankakee County
  • Is a medical resource for foster parents

What foster parents need to know:

  • Medicaid:

    • All foster children have Illinois All Kids insurance (Medicaid) to cover healthcare costs. If you did not receive a medical card for your foster child, call our HealthWorks nurse.
  • Health Services:

    • An initial health screening must be done within 24 hours when a foster child is taken into DCFS custody, and should be completed before the child is placed with the foster parent.
    • A comprehensive health exam must be done within 21 days of DCFS custody.
    • A Health Passport is provided to the foster parent after the comprehensive health exam, and is a summarized medical record for the foster child in your care.
    • Foster parents need to keep a copy of all medical records for each foster child. Assures linkage for foster children to a primary care physician
    • Well child exams are required at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24 months of age and every year for a child over 2 years of age.
    • Dental exams are required at 2 years of age then every 6 months.
    • Vision and hearing screenings are required at 3 years of age then annually.
    • Immunizations are very important and must be kept up-to-date.

Please contact the HealthWorks of Illinois program at the Kankakee County Health Department for any questions.

HealthWorks of Kankakee County
Phone: (815) 802-9320
Fax: (815) 802-9321