Maryland

News

Mental health hotline calls on the rise for children during pandemic

May 27, 2020 WMDT SALISBURY, Md. – While the coronavirus has impacted all of us in some way, some mental health experts say children may be struggling with anxiety and depression during the pandemic. Doctor Kathy Seifert, a local psychologist, says across the country hotline calls and suicide rates for children above the age of […]

Adoption and foster programs face new challenges amidst COVID-19 (MD & DE)

47 ABC April 13, 2020 A Delaware foster and adoption agency says it’s facing quite a few challenges during this pandemic. They say screenings are more difficult and families who were planning to be reunited are having to wait. They’re also predicting an increase in the need for their services in the near future. “I […]

Many thanks to child welfare workers in these difficult times (Maryland)

Baltimore Sun April 10, 2020 By Judith Schagrin, legislative chairperson for the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers We give a round of applause to child welfare caseworkers, those front line responders whose work frequently flies under the radar. These public servants serve our most vulnerable citizens, children at risk of maltreatment […]


Advocacy

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 […]


Policy

California Budget Deal Extends Millions of Dollars in Aid for Aging-out Foster Youth

June 23rd, 2020 Thousands of young adults in the California foster care system will receive additional financial support and housing help as they struggle to survive the recession and the coronavirus pandemic, under a budget deal this week between lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Full article here.

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 […]