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A different call to action to stop child abuse during coronavirus pandemic

July 3rd, 2020 Along with the delivery of prevention programming, the Child Abuse Prevention Association has provided care to foster children since 1985 through its Open Arms Children’s Home and foster care programs. COVID-19 brought a new set of challenges not just to CAPA but to everyone. From telecommuting to personal protection equipment to homeschooling, […]

COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force announced

June 20th, 2020 The main goal of the Task Force is to see how the pandemic impacted students across the state, and be able to provide support for the holistic needs of these children as they prepare for another school year. Full article here.

Wisconsin organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Wisconsin organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Kids ForwardSupporting Families Together AssociationWisconsin Association of Family & Children’s AgenciesWisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of PediatricsWisconsin Early Childhood Association

West Virginia organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

West Virginia organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Burlington United Methodist Family ServicesCabell County Family Resource NetworkCammack Children’s CenterChildren’s Home Society of West VirginiaCommunities of Shalom CoalitionNicholas County Empowerment Corp.Ohio County Family Resource NetworkPlanned […]

Washington organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Washington organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Children’s Home Society of WashingtonFaith Action Network – Washington StateFoster Parent Allies of Washington StateLegal Counsel for Youth and ChildrenMakah Tribal Council Seniors ProgramMakah Tribal Kinship ProgramParent […]

Virginia organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Virginia organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Alexandria/Arlington CASABlue Ridge CASA for ChildrenCASA of Central VirginiaFamilies Forward Virginia/Prevent Child Abuse VirginiaFOCUS on Youth / CASAGreater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)Healthy Families Partnership, Inc.Healthy […]

Utah organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Utah organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. American Academy of Pediatrics, Utah ChapterChildren’s Service Society of UtahPrevent Child Abuse UtahProtective Factors For Utah FamiliesVoices for Utah Children

Texas organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Texas organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Buckner Children and Family Services, Inc.McCulloch County Child Welfare BoardTexans Care for ChildrenTexas Alliance of Child and Family ServicesTexas Pediatric SocietyTexProtects, Prevent Child Abuse TexasThe Children’s ShelterThe […]

Tennessee organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Tennessee organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Awareness FoundationMemphis Against Sexual Harassment and Assault (MASHA)Prevent Child Abuse TennesseeTennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

South Carolina organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

South Carolina organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Children’s Trust of South CarolinaFostering Great IdeasHALOSParent AdvocateSC Appleseed Legal Justice CenterSisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Rhode Island organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Rhode Island organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Adoption Rhode IslandParent Support Network of Rhode IslandRhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of PediatricsRhode Island KIDS COUNT

Pennsylvania organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Pennsylvania organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Columbia County Family CenterMercer County Family CenterMoms Offering Moms SupportMontgomery County Community Action Development CommissionPennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of PediatricsPennsylvania Partnerships for ChildrenPrevent Child Abuse PennsylvaniaThe Kindness […]

Oregon organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Oregon organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Children’s InstituteHappy Valley Montessori SchoolOregon AllianceOregon Association of Relief NurseriesOregon Montessori AssociationOur Children OregonPrevent Child Abuse OregonTrillium Family Services

Ohio organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Ohio organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Children’s Defense Fund – OhioGroundwork OhioKinnectOhio Chapter of the American Academy of PediatricsOhio Children’s AllianceOhio Council of ChurchesProvidence HousePublic Children Services Organization of OhioSchubert Center for Child […]

North Carolina organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

North Carolina organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. BenchmarksChild Care Services AssociationChildren’s Home Society of NCChildren’s Law Center of Central North CarolinaCoastal HorizonsCommunities In Schools of DurhamCriminal Justice AlternativesEquality North CarolinaNC ChildNC Pediatric SocietyPartnership […]

New York organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

New York organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Assemblyman Andrew D. Hevesi, 28th A.D.Berkshire Farm Center and Services for YouthBridge Builders Community PartnershipChildren’s Defense Fund – New YorkCitizens’ Committee for Children of NYCouncil of […]

New Jersey organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

New Jersey organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Acenda Integrated HealthCaregivers of New JerseyCARES Institute, Rowan MedicineFamily and Children’s ServicesJewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May CountiesNew Jersey Association of Mental Health & […]

Nebraska organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Nebraska organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. American Academy of Pediatrics, Nebraska ChapterChildren and Family Coalition of NebraskaLutheran Family Services of NebraskaNebraska AppleseedVoices for Children in Nebraska

Montana organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Montana organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Billings Exchange Clubs’ Child Abuse Prevention Center – The Family Tree CenterChildWise InstitutePartnership for ChildrenPrevent Child Abuse MontanaZero to Five Montana

Mississippi organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Mississippi organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Children’s Defense Fund – Southern Regional OfficeMississippi Center for JusticeMississippi Chapter of the American Academy of PediatricsMississippi Family Caregiver Coalition

Minnesota organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Minnesota organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. AspireMNChildren’s Defense Fund – MinnesotaFamily AlternativesFoster AdvocatesMain Street Family ServicesMinnesota Chapter of the American Academy of PediatricsMinnesota Communities Caring for ChildrenTherapeutic Services Agency, Inc.West Central Initiative

Michigan organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Michigan organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Michigan Chapter, American Academy of PediatricsMichigan Children’s Trust FundMichigan’s ChildrenNorthern Family Intervention Services, Inc.Seeds for SuccessVoices for Children

Maryland organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Maryland organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Addiction Connections ResourceAdoptions TogetherCenter for ChildrenCoalition to Protect Maryland’s ChildrenMaryland Chapter, American Academy of PediatricsMaryland Chapter, National Association of Social WorkersMaryland Essentials for ChildhoodMaryland State Council on […]

Maine organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Maine organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. & The Kinship ProgramAmerican Academy of Pediatrics, Maine ChapterCommunity Concepts, IncMaine Children’s AllianceMaine Children’s TrustNew Beginnings Inc.Spurwink ServicesVolunteers of America […]

Louisiana organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Louisiana organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of LouisianaLouisiana Partnership for Children and FamiliesLouisiana Supreme Court-Division of Children and Families

Kentucky organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Kentucky organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Children’s Alliance of KentuckyFamily Connection, Inc.Holly Hill Child & Family SolutionsHope Hill Youth ServicesKentucky Chapter of the American Academy of PediatricsKentucky Youth AdvocatesPrevent Child Abuse KentuckyRamey-Estep Homes, […]

Iowa organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Iowa organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Amani Community ServicesChild and Family Policy CenterCoalition for Family & Children’s Services in IowaEMBARCEvery Child Matters in IowaIowa Chapter of the American Academy of PediatricsLutheran Services in […]

Indiana organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Indiana organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Bauer Family Resources Inc.Children’s Bureau Inc Crisis Center Inc. a Youth Service Bureau-Alternative HouseDockside ServicesFamilies First Indiana, Inc.Family and Community PartnersFamily Ark, Inc.Family Community Connections, INCFamily Focus, […]

Illinois organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Illinois organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Allendale AssociationBethany for Children & FamiliesChild Abuse CouncilChildren’s Home & AidChildServGlenwood AcademyIllinois Association of Court Appointed Special AdvocatesIllinois Chapter, American Academy of PediatricsIllinois Collaboration on YouthIllinois-Iowa Center […]

Idaho organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Idaho organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Idaho Children’s Trust Fund/Prevent Child Abuse IdahoIdaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental HealthIdaho Relatives as ParentsRelatives As Parents Inc.

Florida organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Florida organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. ChildNet, Inc.Children’s Home NetworkChildren’s Home Network-KinshipChildren’s Network of SWFLDirections for LivingEckerd Community Alternatives FloridaFlorida Coalition for ChildrenFlorida Network of Youth and Family ServicesFlorida’s Children FirstGulf Coast Jewish […]

Connecticut organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Connecticut organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Center for Children’s AdvocacyChildren in Placement – CT, Inc.Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive FamiliesConnecticut Children’s AlliancePlymouth FRCTrue Colors, Inc. Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services of […]

Colorado organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Colorado organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. American Academy of Pediatrics ColoradoColorado Association of Family & Children’s Agencies (CAFCA)Colorado CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)Family Resource Center AssociationFostering ColoradoTennyson Center for Children

California organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

California organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. AdvokidsAlliance for Children’s RightsAssociation of Community Human Service AgenciesCalifornia Alliance of Child and Family ServicesCalifornia CASA AssociationCalifornia Chapter 1, American Academy of PediatricsCalifornia Family Resource AssociationCalifornia Federation […]

Arizona organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Arizona organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of PediatricsArizona Council of Human Service ProvidersCasa de los NinosChild & Family Resources, Inc.Children’s Action Alliance

Granite State Children’s Alliance launches campaign to protect kids from abuse

June 10, 2020 The Granite State Children’s Alliance, which oversees child advocacy centers around the state, has launched a summer campaign reminding all New Hampshire adults that they are mandated by law to reported suspected abuse or neglect of a child. Gov. Chris Sununu and U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan have already pledged to “know and […]

Here’s how foster care is helping Florida’s children through coronavirus

May 26th, 2020 Nothing has reinforced this concept more than seeing firsthand the impact the coronavirus is having on the more than 50,000 Florida children, youth and families receiving services from Florida’s child welfare system. Over the last few months, our community of care has been presented with new and unpredictable challenges. The result has […]

NY Advocates and Service Providers Urge State Leaders to Address Child and Family Well-being

Advocates and service providers working with families impacted by the child welfare system write to Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Poole and urge the following action steps: Enact a temporary moratorium on “aging out” of foster care Provide COVID-19 Emergency Response Pay for foster parents, frontline staff and reunified families Provide technology and support to ensure […]

Commissioner of Virginia Department of Social Services Letter to Congress

In this letter Commissioner Duke Storen urges supports for federal funding including: $1 billion for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Grants to help states and local organizations better meet the increased need for child abuse prevention programs and adapt services to account for social distancing. $500 million for CAPTA Title I to help ensure child […]

Letter from Secretary Ross Hunter of Washington’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families to Congressional Delegation

In this letter, Sec Hunters outlines recommends areas in need of federal stimulus, including: Social Service Block Grant (SSBG) increase of $100 million for Washington State Resources to serve older youth in Extended Foster Care (EFC) The purchase of concrete goods, such as reliable technology for brth parents, foster parents, caregivers, service providers and others […]

An open Letter to Gov. Holcomb about supporting foster youth during the pandemic

On April 29, 2020 Foster Success sent a letter to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb about ways the State can support foster youth during COVID-19. Dear Governor Holcomb,  We recognize the challenges COVID-19 has placed on you and your administration and appreciate your leadership in this time of crisis. Today, we are writing to commend the […]

Facing Foster Care in Alaska Requests a Moratorium on Aging Out of Extended Care

In a letter to Governor Dunleavy, FFCA requests a moratorium on youth aging out of foster care with the Office of Children’s Services until June 30th to insure the safety and stability of these young people during uncertain times Full letter here. Governor’s COVID-19 Disaster Order of Suspension here

Letter to Ohio Governor DeWine from Older Youth Advocacy Organizations

April 11, 2020 Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board Alumni of Care Together Improving Outcomes Now Ohio …We would also like to propose, and offer our assistance in implementing; three proactive measures that we believe will vastly improve current and long-term outcomes for young people in and from foster care. Especially now, in the […]

California advocates: Letter to Governor Newsom and State Legislative Leaders on COVID-19 response

On behalf of the over 60,000 children and youth in California’s foster care system, leading advocates in California make these recommendations: Recommendation #1: Provide emergency financial relief to caregivers and youth impacted by COVID-19. Recommendation #2: Ensure stability of foster care placements Recommendation #3: Immediately remove obstacles to distance learning, telehealth, visitation, and permanency Recommendation […]

Alaska organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Alaska organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Alaska Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health AssociationAlaska Chapter of the American Academy of PediatricsAlaska Children’s AllianceAlaska Children’s TrustBristol Bay Native AssociationCatholic Community Service, […]

Advocacy Letter to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

March 20, 2020 Letter by the Shriver Center on Poverty Policy The letter implores the Department to create and publicize a comprehensive emergency plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that at the very least includes taking action on investigations, service plans, visitation, reunification, foster placements and other issues. A copy of the letter is […]