Foster care raises children's risk of mental, physical health problems

In 2014, more than 650,000 children in the U.S. spent time in foster care. On average, children in foster care spend 2 years waiting to be adopted.

Previous studies have suggested that children in foster care may develop physical and mental health issues, primarily as a result of the trauma they have experienced, such as abuse and neglect.

However, the authors of the new study - including Kristin Turney of the University of California-Irvine - note that no research has compared the health of children in foster care with that of children in the general population.

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