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Foster Care Support Clinic

The Foster Care Support Clinic (FCSC) is a medical home serving children who have an open case with the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SC DSS) or who have been adopted. The Clinic is a partnership between the SC DSS and MUSC Children’s Health.

The FCSC provides primary care medical services using a patient-centered medical home model established by the American Academy of Pediatrics. A patient-centered medical home is a place where your child’s medical treatment is coordinated through his/her primary care doctor. As a patient-centered medical home, we work on both the medical and non-medical needs of your child and family. We provide medical care for your child when and where they need it in a manner that you can understand. We follow and take care of your child, healthy and sick, from birth through high school.

Save The Date | September 14, 2018 | POSTPONED

Foster Care Support Clinic Conference 
Bridging the Gap between Foster Parents, Social Workers, & Health Care

**Due to the possibility of severe weather, we are postponing the Foster Care Support Clinic Annual Conference that was scheduled for September 14, 2018.  At the moment, we do not have a rescheduled date set, but please check back on our website for updates. **

Our Services

Medically Complex Clinic for Children in Foster Care

Did you know that at least fifty percent of children entering foster care have one or more chronic health conditions and ten percent have multiple, complex care needs? In 2009, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) collaborated to form the Foster Care Support Clinic (FCSC). This year, the FCSC is excited to announce a new service we are providing to better serve our medically complex children in foster care. Once a month, we have a special multi-disciplinary clinic that includes a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatrician, Physical Therapist, Dietician, and Nurse Coordinator. In this clinic, medically complex children in foster care will receive excellent coordinated care, education, and medical treatments. Many families with medically complex kids express frustration with multiple appointments, lack of understanding equipment needs, and lack of education on their child’s diagnosis. We understand all these frustrations and strive to “Change What’s Possible” for these families. We welcome everyone involved in the child’s care to the appointments- including home health RN’s, PT/OT/ST, DSS workers, therapeutic agency workers, foster parents, or other case coordinators. If you would enroll your foster child in our clinic, please call Tara Peevy, RN at 843-876-7023 to review eligibility. Fax: 843-876-1935.

Mental Health Services

Our FCSC therapist is available to provide trauma-focused and supportive counseling to children and families deemed appropriate by FCSC medical providers and staff. Our therapist has received specialized training in trauma-focused therapy. Services include:

  • Comprehensive mental health evaluation
  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and/or other evidence-based therapies
  • Coordination with PCP, schools, DSS, and other involved agencies/professionals
  • Therapeutic groups for patients and foster families
  • Consultation/referral services

Human Services Coordinator

The human services coordinator will serve as your initial contact with the FCSC. Services include managing referrals, scheduling patients, and coordinating necessary services. 

Nurse Coordinators

After your child becomes a patient in the clinic, we will:

  • Provide ongoing case management and assessment of social service needs
  • Serve as a liaison with community agencies, e.g., DSS, DDSN, CRS, DNLCC, DCC, Therapeutic foster care, etc.
  • Attend coordination meetings, e.g., Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) meetings, as needed
  • Attend school meetings, as needed

Locations

Rutledge Tower

135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425

Specialty Care North Charleston

2750 Dantzler Drive
Unit 102
North Charleston, SC 29406

Our Care Team

More Care Team Members

Tracy W. Halasz, MSN, APRN, CPNP, PMHS

Machelle Green, MA | Human Services Coordinator

Tara Peevy, RN, BSN, CPN

Kimberly Wright, PNP

Mollie Dadin, LISW-CP

FCSC in the News

FCSC Resources for Parents, Teachers & Other Professionals

Save the Date | September 14, 2018

Foster Care Support Clinic Conference
Bridging the Gap between Foster Parents, Social Workers, & Health Care

Seacoast Church
750 Long Point Road
Mount Pleasant

Registration information will be available in the Fall of 2018.

Calendars 

The Foster Care Support Clinic offers a variety of educational classes. These classes are available to foster parents, caseworkers, GALs, therapeutic agency staff, and group home staff. If your organization has a specific educational need, please call us at 843-873-7023 to discuss options. Currently, we offer classes at 3 locations: South Carolina Youth Advocacy Program, Seacoast Church, and MUSC. Each participant will get a certificate of completion at the class.

Classes offered at Seacoast Church in their chapel
750 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.
Register for the Foster Care Support Clinic Classes at Seacoast

Trauma Informed Parenting
This class will provide foster parents and child welfare professionals with developmentally appropriate discipline techniques using a trauma-informed, evidence-based behavior modification approach
April 25, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Evidenced based Therapy Options for Foster Children
This class will provide foster parents and child welfare professionals with information regarding common mental health symptoms in foster children and available evidence-based therapies. Foster parents will acquire information that will assist them in advocating for appropriate services for their foster children
May 2018 TBD 
6:00 p.m.

Classes offered at South Carolina Youth Advocacy Program
4995 Lacross Road, North Charleston, SC 29406
To register for the Foster Care Support Clinic Classes at SCYAP call Machelle at 843-876-7023 (option 1)

Poison Prevention
March 23, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Effective Communication Skills
April 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Money Management
May 18, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Summer Safety
June 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

What You Should Know about Autism
July 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Back to School
August 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

School Bullying
October 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Ethnic Hair and Skin Care
November 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Relaxation
December 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED
This is an all-day course. Participants will get a certification card in the mail a few weeks after the course. There is a one-hour lunch break offered, but please bring your lunch with you. We allow only 6 participants for each class. So please register early.

March 13, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

May 15, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 17, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 14, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

October 16, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

December 11, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Classes offered at MUSC
To register for the Foster Care Support Clinic Classes at MUSC call Machelle at 843-876-7023 (option 1)

G-Tube Class
Taught by Jenny Waterhouse, DNP, FNP-C, RN
Every Wednesday 9 a.m. (please call to register by Monday the week of.)

Online Education Opportunities

We offer a variety of classes in person. If you would like to participate in our online education, however, see the articles below. Each article is from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Once you have read the article, take the quiz and email the completed quiz to Machelle Green at greenwm@musc.edu. You must get 80 percent correct in order to receive a one-hour CEU certificate. Please allow 72 hours for Machelle to grade the quiz and get back to you.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Lifelong Consequences of Trauma

Bring Out The Best in Your Children

Parenting After Trauma: Understanding Your Child's Needs

General Information

FCSC Welcome Packet | FCSC Referral Form

Contact us at 843-876-7023

For Parents & Professionals

Vanderbilt Assessment Scales

Ages & Stages Questionnaires

Screening for Child Anxiety-Related Disorders