Approximately 750,000 children interact with the US foster care system each year. Up to 80 percent of those children have complex medical needs. Pediatricians across the country have dedicated their lives to addressing and improving the lives of this high-need population. However, they are often met with many barriers that arise from a disconnection between healthcare organizations and child welfare agencies.

Join us on Thursday, September 15 at 11am ET to hear from four leading pediatricians as they discuss the importance of connecting systems and how to overcome the current barriers in place when providing care for children in foster care.


  • Carissa Cousins, MD, MPH
    ABC House – The Children’s Advocacy Center Serving Benton and Linn Counties
    Medical Director, Samaritan Encompass – Care Coordination for Children
  • Bird Gilmartin, MD
    Assistant Clinical Medical Director, Child Health Clinic
    Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Suzanne Haney, MD, MS
    Medical Director, Children’s Advocacy Team
    Division Chief, Child Abuse Pediatrics
    Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
    Interim Division Chief, Pediatric Palliative Care
    Associate Professor, Pediatrics
    Vice-Chair, Faculty Affairs, Pediatrics
    University of Nebraska Medical Center


  • Mary Greiner, MD, MS
    Medical Director, CHECK Foster Care Center
    Professor, General and Community Pediatrics
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center