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How do I fill out the card if the baby is adopted or in foster care?

In cases where the newborn is adopted, complete the card using the adoptive parent’s information and mark the adoption bubble on the card. If the adoptive parent’s information is unknown, list the adoption attorney or agency handling the adoption and the phone number. 

In cases where a newborn is discharged home in the care of a foster placement, please list the Department of Children and Families (DCF) contact in the mother’s information field. List the DCF representative’s name, followed by “DCF” and their contact phone number. 

The Newborn Screening Follow-up Program needs to be able to contact the person responsible for coordinating follow up care should the newborn’s screening specimen have an abnormal result. 

Testing for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

The Florida Department of Health, Newborn Screening (NBS) Program, is pleased to announce that beginning April 27, 2020, all newborns screened will be tested for a new condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). If you have any questions, please contact the