Pediatric-focused NPs Influencing the Critical State of Foster Care Placement Stability

1.25 NAPNAP Contact Hour. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is $12.50 for NAPNAP Members. For non-members, this continuing education activity rate is $25. 

Due to COVID-19, children are entering the welfare system with a higher level of needs and there are fewer foster homes available. Consequently, placement availability and stability have reached a critical state and larger numbers of children in the welfare system are without placements leading to situations where children are sleeping in CPS offices and hotel rooms. The NP is a gatekeeper for the children and families involved in the welfare system. This presentation will provide practical applications that NPs can implement in their practices to support placement stability and improve the life of the child in foster care.

This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program will be awarded 1.25 NAPNAP contact hour, of which 0 is pharmacology content.

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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

• Describe the global and national level state of child welfare by providing pre-COVID-19 statistics compared to current data.
• Describe the influence of COVID-19 and social isolation on the vulnerable child, the child in the welfare system and the foster parent perspective.
• Identify challenges that the welfare system incurs when attempting to meet the child’s needs, biological family and the foster parent.
• Discuss strategies that may be implemented by community stakeholders, primary medical homes and the individual pediatric-focused NP to support the child in welfare efforts to improve placement stability.

Course summary
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  • 1.25 Contact hours
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Sara E. Moore, DNP, RN, APRN, BC, CPNP-AC, NNP
Dr. Sara Moore is a seasoned PNP with more than 30 years of nursing experience. She maintains a primary care provider role at the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence. The Rees-Jones Center is a collaboration with Children's Health, UT Southwestern Medical Center and DFPS. The Center focuses on the clinical experience for our patients and families and has firm commitments to developing community relationships, influencing foster care policy, advocacy and research.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 Contact hours


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