Nearly forty state-based networks of foster and kinship families write to Congress to highlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these families and the children they are caring for. We hope Congress will consider this input as it continues to work on responding to the heavy toll of the COVID pandemic. Key points they share:
• Children and families involved in child welfare and the professionals who support them need access to rapid testing along with other first responders.
• Foster Families and kinship caregivers need economic security so they are able to continue their caregiving.
• Families and children need timely access to physical and mental health care for children and youth in foster care and those who leave foster care to reunification, adoption and guardianship.
• Foster, adoptive, and kinship family recruitment, training and licensing should be a national priority today and in the future.
• Families and workers need technology tools, including cell phones, laptops, and internet access.
• Children who have special needs require extra support with home schooling.
• Foster families, adoptive, and kinship caregivers need peer support.
Read the full letter here.