COVID-19 pandemic causes shift for foster programs on the Suncoast

July 26th, 2020 SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – Last year, more than 1,000 children in Sarasota and Manatee Counties were taken from their homes and placed in Florida’s foster care system – many having lived through extremely traumatizing experiences. However, now during this pandemic, the demand has become even greater. Full article here.

Juvenile justice COVID-19 infections top 300

July 14th, 2020 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s juvenile-justice system has topped 300 cases of COVID-19, with 152 youths and 152 workers testing positive, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Department of Juvenile Justice. Full article here.

Coronavirus Impacting Foster Care in Florida

Spectrum News April 11, 2020 The Coronavirus outbreak is having an escalating impact on foster care in Florida. Child welfare agencies are adapting the way they train and recruit foster families. Article here.

Kids in foster care? Coronavirus prompts courts to halt family visits, dealing harsh blow

March 31, 2020 USA Today Biological parents battling to regain custody of children in foster care could lose crucial bonding time and see reunification stymied as dependency courts nationwide cancel hearings and suspend face-to-face family visits over coronavirus concerns. … The visitation suspensions — issued in counties across Texas, Florida, Nebraska and Maine, among others […]


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 […]

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 […]