HCPCFC (Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care)

PATCHS logo     The Public Health Nurses (PHNs) with the Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC) assist in the case coordination of children in out of home placement/foster care. The PHNs collaborate with the child's social worker/probation officer to plan and coordinate health services. In addition, the PHNs serve as health consultants to social workers, probation officers, biological parents, and substitute care providers (foster parents and/or relative caregivers).

Foster parent and child     The PHNs utilize the CWS/CMS (Child Welfare Services/Case Management System) to document all available health information and create a document known as the Health and Education Passport (HEP). The HEP is updated as new information is obtained and is designed to provide the foster parents and/or relative caregivers with a chronological health history of the child’s growth and development.

     The PHNs also provide training to social workers, probation officers, court staff and judges on important health and medical topics that pertain to children in foster care. The ultimate goal of ongoing training and research of current health topics is to ensure that collaborative practice with other service providers will continue to meet the health care needs of children in out of home placement.

     Public Health Nurses are located at various DPSS sites throughout Riverside County and work closely with social workers to obtain health information, document follow-up care and obtain specialized health services for children as needed.

     In addition to PHNs assigned to DPSS sites, we have PHNs assigned to the following areas:

anvil Probation: One PHN is assigned to the probation department. The PHN monitors the health status of children in group homes and attends case management meetings twice weekly. The PHN documents and updates information regarding the health status and health care needs in the HEP for the children being followed by the probation department. The PHN is located in the Riverside Probation Office.  
balance Court: PHN's are assigned to the juvenile court to obtain medical information from the biological parents and/or substitute care providers during the detention hearings. Once the children are placed in foster homes, relative placement or group homes the PHN initiates a HEP based on the information from the court interview. The HEP is sent to the substitute care provider to take with them to the children's medical and dental appointments  

Our goal is to have a Health and Education Passport for every child in foster care and out of home placement.


To view medical information on various topics, please visit our
Court Flash Newsletters 



Department of Public Health
Riverside County Public Health Nursing / MCAH
Health Administration Building | 4065 County Circle Drive, Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 358-5438 | Fax (951) 358-4762