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Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care

This new guide —written specifically for youth in foster care with input from youth and professionals— looks at ways to handle powerful feelings and behaviors and make healthy choices. Understanding how psychotropic medication can help and what other options are available can be challenging. This guide can help you decide what’s best. Making Healthy Choices includes useful information, questions to ask, worksheets, and tips on:

  • Recognizing you need help
  • Knowing your rights about your health and who can help you make decisions
  • Considering your options, including helpful approaches other than medication
  • Making decisions about how best to stay healthy
  • Maintaining treatment (taking medication safely and continuing or stopping treatment after leaving foster care) 

Download the Guide (English)

Download the Guide (Spanish)

Download the Flier for Youth

Download the Flier for Professionals

A limited number of hard copies of the English version of Making Healthy Choices have been printed by the American Academy of Pediatrics for distribution through Child Welfare Information Gateway. Single copies can be ordered from Information Gateway, at no cost, at this link:;letter=M (scroll down to “Making Healthy Choices” and click on “Order”)

If your organization would like to order more copies (up to 50), please contact Information Gateway at or 800.394.3366.