January 2022


Type 2 Diabetes on the Rise in Youth. Need for Special Medical Resource Parents also on the Rise.


A recent study by the National Institute of Health found that children between the ages of 10 and 19 are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at a higher rate than 20 years ago. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is a chronic medical condition in which the body does not make or correctly use insulin. Diabetes can lead to both short- and long-term complications if not treated properly. Children with diabetes may face daily struggles such as difficulty concentrating and drowsiness. In addition, children in foster care are twice as likely to suffer from diabetes – and other medical issues such as asthma and obesity – than children not in care. The trauma of family separation and stress brought about by placement instability compound the condition.


The good news is that children with diabetes and other medical conditions requiring constant monitoring and care can thrive with a consistent presence in their lives. Special Medical resource parents make it possible for children to experience a positive childhood despite their circumstances.


The County of Orange Social Services Agency staff are dedicated to partnering with Special Medical resource parents to ensure success. All Special Medical resource parents receive training on the children’s specific medical condition and information on all available support services. Special Medical resource parents do not need a medical background – only a willingness to learn and work closely with the children’s care team. For more information on how to become a Special Medical resource parent, call the Resource Family Recruitment and Training line at (888) 871-5437.


Are you currently caring for a child with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes? Explore the resources below to help you navigate the condition.




American Diabetes Association


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases