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Read the latest news on COVID-19 and the impact on the US Child Welfare System.

Children in foster care must go to school in person, Department of Child Safety says

Arizona Republic, July 29, 2020 “The Arizona Department of Child Safety has advised foster parents and relatives who care for kids in DCS custody that the children should attend school in person, whenever schools reopen.” Suzanne Cordiero, a foster parent, said the people actually caring for the child in their homes should determine what’s the […]

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.

Has child abuse surged under COVID-19? Despite alarming stories from ERs, there’s no answer

July 26th, 2020 Preliminary data shows that reports of child abuse around the nation have plunged during the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, according to an NBC News analysis, while experts are concerned there could be an unseen surge in abuse behind closed doors due to COVID-19 related unemployment and financial strain. Full article here.

Sen. Cortez Masto supports bill to boost affordable housing for foster youth to prevent homelessness during COVID-19 pandemic

July 23rd, 2020 LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is doing what she can to help foster youth. In light of recent reports that foster youth aging out of the system during the coronavirus pandemic are at an increased risk for homelessness, Senator Cortez Masto is cosponsoring legislation to help provide stable housing […]

Formerly Homeless Youth Urge Congress to Act During Pandemic

July 23rd, 2020 One goal was to push for passage of the Emergency Family Stabilization Act, a bipartisan-sponsored bill that would provide emergency funding to community organizations to address the needs of homeless youth during the pandemic. SchoolHouse Connection is urging Congress to include it in the next COVID funding bill. Full article here.

Virtual learning due to COVID-19 could make helping child abuse victims tougher

July 22nd, 2020 ABILENE, Texas — Two out of every 10 kids across the country are neglected, physically abused or sexually abused, according to the Regional Victim Crisis Center in Abilene. While more kids have been staying home because of COVID-19, experts believe that number could rise. Full article here.

Child welfare system shifts to proactive approach amid pandemic

July 22nd, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The COVID-19 pandemic changed so many things like government agencies and services they provide, including the child welfare system. The way the system had worked previously was reactive. Students spend time in school, they’re watched by adults, adults call in to Child Protective Services if they notice […]

It’s Time for State Prevention Services Systems

July 21st, 2020 As we navigate the effects of a global pandemic and economic recession, we have the opportunity to rethink the ways we provide services and supports to children and families before they find themselves in crisis. Essential to this new thinking is the realignment of our systems to make them more prevention-oriented, integrated, science-informed, and equitable, […]

How Pandemic Has Affected Mental Health Of LGBTQ Youth In The U.S.

July 20th, 2020 NPR’s Ailsa Chang talks with Amit Paley of The Trevor Project about its recent survey on the mental health of LGBTQ youth and how being quarantined in unsupportive households is affecting their lives. Full article here.

New York Foster Parents Face a ‘Back to School’ Like No Other

July 19th, 2020 Foster and adoptive parents like Briaddy are struggling to reassure their kids and create a sense of normalcy in a frightening and unprecedented time. But they are doing so knowing the children they are caring for have already experienced significant disruption and loss. 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.

Supporting children through a pandemic

July 14th, 2020  Child welfare agencies are worried about devastating cuts to their already limited funding, as Ohio and states all over the country face severe budget shortfalls, and Leader McConnell and President Trump refuse to help. Full article here.

Child Welfare Workers Prioritize In-Person Visits To Identify Abuse, Neglect

July 14th, 2020 Child welfare workers who relied on virtual technology for some non-emergency family visits during the pandemic are now prioritizing face-to-face meetings as a better way to identify abuse and neglect, the Department of Children and Families Services said Tuesday. Full article here.

Amid Pandemic, Federal Guidance Has Been No ‘Wholesale Release’ of Juveniles

July 14th, 2020 Last week, Youth Services Insider looked at the fresh round of numbers from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s juvenile detention surveys, which found that during the coronavirus pandemic, admissions to those facilities continue to be low while releases from them have slowed considerably.  Full article here.

Proposal cuts $130 million from Texas health agency to ease coronavirus-battered budget

July 9, 2020 The Statesman State officials have proposed cutting $133 million in health services from the current budget, whittling away dollars in women’s health, child abuse protection and services for adults and children with disabilities, according to advocates. The cuts are in response to a May 20 directive from Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. […]

Coronavirus Cases Near 100 for Youth in California Residential Facilities

July 9, 2020 Chronicle of Social Change Almost 100 children and teens living in residential facilities in California have caught the coronavirus, state officials confirmed this week, including infections at four group care programs in Los Angeles County. The number of infected children is a fraction of the more than 2,600 foster youth in residential […]

COVID-19 outbreaks in AZ child detention centers worry advocates

July 8th, 2020 As COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations continue to reach record levels in Arizona, some advocates worry that children in detention and rehabilitation centers are at risk and in the blind spot of public health agencies that are grappling with a furious spread of the illness in the broader community. Arizona is the […]

Lawmakers Aim To Address Problems of Aging Out of Foster Care During a Pandemic

July 8th, 2020 Aging out of the foster care system can be a challenge under normal circumstances, but during a pandemic, it can be even harder. Now with COVID-19, hundreds of young adults who are aging out of the system and still struggling to find a job or a place to live, are now also […]

SC is beginning to locate school children who went silent amid coronavirus pandemic

July 8th, 2020 South Carolina is starting to locate many of the children whom schools have not heard from since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, state data show. As of July 7, schools have been able to reach 5,654 more students than last month, in which schools reported being unable to reach a total of […]

Foster Care’s New Reality: COVID-19 creates new challenges for kids, families

July 8th, 2020 Foster children face a number of obstacles during normal times, but this pandemic has stacked even more odds against them and their caregivers. The virus has impacted weekly supervised visits, developmental therapy, court cases pending, even adoptions.Resource parents help our county’s most vulnerable children. They play a critical role in helping build […]

Foster parent speaks out after contracting COVID-19 following a DSS family visit

July 7th, 2020 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tesa Conerly, a foster parent, is speaking out after she says her foster children got sick following a family visit. She was hospitalized for a week as a result of COVID-19. She says her young foster children were accompanied by a case worker with the South Carolina Department of […]

Coronavirus’s Arrival in California Juvenile Lockup Sparks Concern

July 6th, 2020 As the coronavirus has torn through California’s incarcerated population, nine young people locked up in one of the state’s youth prisons have tested positive for it – a worrisome sign for the Division of Juvenile Justice that has so far avoided the mass outbreaks of the adult prisons. The state agency reports […]

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, […]

New York City Foster Care Cancels Some Reform Efforts Due To Pandemic Funding Hit

July 3rd, 2020 This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council approved a budget of just over $88 billion for the coming fiscal year, nearly four months into a coronavirus pandemic that created a $9 billion revenue shortage. The city’s foster care and juvenile justice agency, the Administration for Children’s […]

How are kids doing in Michigan? Let’s look at the numbers.

July 1st, 2020 For some of us, tracking the COVID-19 pandemic has become a part of daily life. In a small way, peering over the trackers, maps, graphs and charts can help us feel in control — like we know what’s going on around us and around the world. We all cope in different ways. […]

When Video Chat Is the Only Thing Holding Your Family Together

July 1st, 2020 Lizmarie Oropeza imagined that when her 17-month old foster son, Caden, hit his milestones—pointing, learning to walk, speaking his first words—his biological family would be able to celebrate alongside her. Then coronavirus hit. In Oropeza’s home-state of Connecticut, visitation between families and children in the child welfare system has come to a […]

15,000 More Arkansas Children Living in Poverty, Report Shows

June 30th, 2020 KUAF The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 31st edition of its Kids Count Data Book. The annual report looks at child well-being in the United States by analyzing economics, health, education, and family and community. While Arkansas’ overall ranking of childhood well-being remained the same as last year’s report at 40th, […]

Adoptions delayed for months by coronavirus closings to get their day in court

Tribune Content Agency – June 29, 2020 Foster families whose adoption plans got derailed by court closures prompted by the coronavirus crisis are set to receive some relief, with the judicial system no longer requiring in-person hearings. That means families whose hearings were delayed in some cases until 2021 may see their adoptions become legal […]

New COVID-19 Outbreak At One Of California’s Youth Prisons—As Counties Resume Sending Kids Into The State’s Long-Broken System

June 25th, 2020 Since LA County sends more kids to DJJ than any other county, given all the other chronic problems that make the state’s youth facilities an unhealthy, non-rehabilitative or healing environment for any kid (as WLA and our writers have repeatedly reported), this is one more on a long list of reasons to turn the spigot off at our […]

Difference Makers: Mentors Help Underserved Youth

June 25th, 2020 With the COVID-19 crisis impacting low income communities of color, a local nonprofit is adapting its efforts to ensure that kids who already face obstacles are not left even further behind. Friends of the Children SF Bay Area is helping nearly 100 underserved youth in San Francisco’s Bayview with academic and emotional support. Full article […]

How the pandemic is testing the foster care system

June 25th, 2020 For months, COVID-19 has been disrupting families — and that includes foster families. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S. And it’s not just foster families and children feeling the weight of the pandemic. The whole system has ground to […]

Foster care families, facilities to receive coronavirus payment

June 24th, 2020 CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Children and Families will be providing one-time payments to foster care families as part of the statewide response to the coronavirus. Full article here.

During Coronavirus, High-Quality Legal Representation Can Be a Lifesaver for Families

June 24th, 2020 This year, there likely will be many fewer family reunifications to celebrate. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted our nation’s child welfare system, which in the best of times struggles to reunite the families it is tasked with helping. But states and counties that have come to rely on interdisciplinary legal representation […]

Foster care system affected by COVID-19 court suspensions

June 23rd, 2020 There are currently more than 17,000 children in foster care in our state, according to The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Center. That number has been increasing every year since 2014. In addition, court systems have postponed foster care hearings because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Full article here.

Risk factors for child abuse have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis

June 23rd, 2020 After several weeks of stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, it is clear we are facing a crisis in child maltreatment. Well-known risk factors for the incidence of child abuse have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. At the same time, our ability to identify children experiencing maltreatment has been drastically limited by […]

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.

Support Young People in Foster Care Beyond 21

Chronicle of Social Change June 19, 2020 Op-ed by New York City Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner David A. Hansell shares below what New York City has been doing to support youth through extended foster care. “No city or state across the U.S. should allow a young person to leave foster care, at any age, […]

3 ways the foster care system can emerge stronger after the coronavirus pandemic

June 21st, 2020 There has been a significant drop in reports of child abuse and neglect during the coronavirus pandemic. Many fear that as we emerge, the child welfare system will be flooded as the impacts of family stress become public again. In preparation, state foster care departments must improve their operations to better serve foster parents […]

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.

Support Young People in Foster Care Beyond 21

June 19th, 2020 COVID-19 has had profound impacts on young people across the country, and particularly on those in the foster care system. Many of those youth risk an abrupt loss of support and services immediately upon their exit from the system. No housing assistance. No food subsidies. No support networks. Especially in the midst of a […]

DCFS set to resume parental visits after 3-month coronavirus shutdown, but advocates say it’s ‘much too little too late’

June 19th, 2020 The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which court records show has custody of Fleming’s children due to a pending abuse case, suspended supervised parental visits for all children in its care because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. After months of pressure from advocates and a lawsuit brought by the […]

Home Visitors Left to Check on Parents from Afar

June 15th, 2020 For the time being, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted all of Middlebrook’s walks into people’s homes. A source of support for families who might otherwise have little, home visitors have had to keep their distance from vulnerable new parents — physically, anyway. The pandemic, however, has forced these visits to go virtual, a […]

The need for foster care parents increase despite COVID-19 pandemic

June 10, 2020 WBAY A local non-profit foster care organization says there’s a need for more foster care parents amid the pandemic. Since the beginning of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, Foundations Health and Wholeness has seen an increase in foster care referrals. “We are getting anywhere from 25-30 referrals every single week and every […]

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 […]

Prevention Services Can Help NYC Avoid a Feared Foster-Care Surge

June 10, 2020 City Limits Headlines in New York and nationally echo a theme: “Child advocates fear uptick in child abuse cases,” “Coronavirus lockdown shields abused kids from watchful eyes,” “Prepare for surge of child abuse cases after quarantine.”  Calls to the child abuse hotline are significantly lower, likely due to mandated reporters like teachers […]

Technology Can Move Child Welfare Forward, Even Amid Budget Cuts

June 10, 2020 State budgets, heavily impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic fallout, are going to be tight this year. Instead of cutting important child welfare services, agencies should determine if there are ways to become more efficient in how they operate. Technology can be a powerful tool for child welfare agencies to move the […]

HUD Announces New Grants for Foster Youth to Independence Program, Bringing Total to Over 600 Vouchers Since Inception: Nine States to Receive Nearly $100,000 in Vouchers

HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative is an initiative that provides housing assistance and supportive services to young people with a child welfare history who are at-risk-of or experiencing homelessness. FYI, in conglomeration with local resources, will assist communities in ensuring that every young person who has had experience with the child welfare system […]

Child Abuse Cases Drop 51 Percent. The Authorities Are Very Worried

New York Times June 9, 2020 Reports of child abuse in New York City have dropped sharply since the coronavirus crisis began. And that is worrying the authorities. The steep decline could be a sign that an unseen epidemic of abuse is spreading behind locked doors, according to the police, prosecutors and child protection officials. […]

‘COVID-19 has left me extremely vulnerable’: Helping former foster youth stand tall

Des Moines Register June 10, 2020 Op-ed by Tiara Mosley spent four years in the Iowa foster care system and was a 2018 FosterClub Outstanding Young Leader.  Foster youth are feeling isolated, hopeless, and overwhelmed during this pandemic. I recently participated in a virtual congressional briefing hosted by FosterClub, Youth Villages and Juvenile Law Center […]

Advocates change how they help at-risk kids during pandemic

The Post and Courier June 7, 2020 Home is not always the safest place for children. Advocates worry that elevated family stress, increased financial burdens and extended school closures mean that many children across South Carolina remain at a high risk for abuse and neglect during the pandemic. The full extent of how this will […]

Foster Care Extension Proposed

Post-Journal – June 10, 2020 Legislation introduced recently in the state Assembly would establish a six-month moratorium on aging out of foster care. Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, D-Poughkeepsie, introduced A.10510 to add a new paragraph in the state’s Unconsolidated Law to require the state to continue providing the same care to youth and caregivers that would […]

Child abuse hotline calls down 27% after pandemic hits Montana

Independent Record June 7, 2020 From March 16 to May 20, calls reporting suspected child abuse or neglect dropped by 27% from the same period in 2019, according to data provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. Teachers and staff are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect, and they’re a major source […]

CASA designs, sells signs to help continue its fight for child welfare through pandemic

May 27th, 2020 CASA of Passaic County, which has its headquarters in Wayne, created the signs to cheer on its own volunteers and other community heroes. The signs are sold for $20 on CASA’s website, and the money raised goes to help fill the gaps that canceled CASA fundraisers have left. So far, the group has sold […]

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 […]

Emergency placements of children deemed not safe at home spike in Washington

May 26, 2020, the Spokesman-Review A growing number of Washington’s foster children spent nights in hotels and state offices in the first three months of the year, and child advocates fear the problem could grow during the coronavirus pandemic. Social workers had 573 emergency placements in the first quarter of the year, compared to 371 […]

Coronavirus pandemic increasing need for foster parents

May 26th, 2020 ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The coronavirus pandemic has created an uncertain environment for foster care parents and children. Due to the risk of COVID-19, fewer foster parents are willing to take kids in fear for they have the virus.  “I just would strongly encourage anyone who has ever had the thought of […]

Hundreds of migrant children, teens deported under pandemic border policy: report

May 20th, 2020 The Hill The Trump administration has stepped up deportations of minors detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents along the U.S.-Mexican border amid the coronavirus outbreak and in some cases has reportedly sent minors back to their home countries without notifying parents. One family of a Honduran child who was deported in recent weeks […]

She Escaped Sex Work for College. Now the Virus Threatens Her New Life

May 15, 2020, New York Times “Even young people who seemed to have rock-solid plans for life after foster care are seeing those plans evaporate,’’ Kerry Moles, the executive director of CASA, an organization of volunteers that helps children in foster care, told me. Many 20-year-olds in the system also have children of their own, […]

What Happens When You Age Out of Foster Care During a Pandemic?

May 19, 2020 in The Nation Advocates say state governors can instruct their state child welfare systems to keep kids in their care, even if they age out during this time—but will they? California, Ohio, Illinois, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia have announced plans to extend the aging-out guideline past the age of […]

Pandemic piles new pressures on foster children, caretakers

Associated Press …Foster children have enormous challenges even in the best of times. The coronavirus pandemic threatens them with even greater turmoil, isolating them from adult supervisors and friends and making it harder to move on to new lives — either with biological or adoptive families, or as newly independent adults…. Link here

What COVID-19 means for America’s Child Welfare System

By Ron Haskins and Morgan Welch of the Brookings Institution. The COVID-19 crisis has allowed a revealing look into the shortcomings of the U.S.’s child welfare system. While no institution has proved strong enough to operate effectively and efficiently under the unprecedented circumstances brought on by COVID-19, the crisis has unveiled holes in the child […]

Company Asks Governor To Help Foster Youth During Pandemic

WBIW.COM (INDIANAPOLIS) – Foster Success has sent a letter to Governor Eric Holcomb asking him to take immediate steps to help Hoosier foster youth during the pandemic. The letter urges the Governor to take additional action to meet the unique health and safety needs of teens and young adults in Indiana’s child welfare system and those who have […]

COVID-19 impact on local child welfare system

OMAHA, Neb. — The child welfare system in the Eastern Service Area of Nebraska, that’s Sarpy and Douglas counties, went through a power change in the last year. New contractor, Saint Francis Ministries, officially took over in January. Now they’re faced with the challenge of helping vulnerable children during a pandemic. Saint Francis oversees about […]

With kids stuck at home, ER doctors see more severe cases of child abuse

Angela Haslett used to spend her days asking children about the people who hurt them. The calls came from police or child protective services, sometimes 10 to 15 a week, most of them about sexual abuse. The children would sit across from her in a soundproof room at SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center in Fairfax, Va., […]

Youth in Care Need More Help Now (New York)

New York Daily News Bronx: I am a 22-year-old honor roll college junior. I was on track to being one of the success stories of young people who leave foster care. Now, I’m not so sure. I entered foster care for a year when I was two and re-entered at 13. At 17, my grandmother […]

Katie Gordon: When there’s no one to turn to (Wisconsin)

Chippewa Falls Herald I spent seven years in foster care here in Wisconsin, and this COVID-19 epidemic is hitting me and other youth from foster care really hard. While I was able to reunify with my mother during my last year of foster care, leaving care in this way has meant I am not eligible […]

El Paso foster families make adjustments to care for kids during pandemic

KFox14 April 15, 2020 Right now, Child Protective Services is working with us to figure out how we can provide orientation practices for families who are looking to become foster families. We’re continuing with the families that were already in the process in order to get all of their licensing measures met,” said Joy Petty, […]

Newsom Announces Aid for Foster Care Youth Affected by COVID-19

April 13, 2020 KQE California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that the state plans to allocate $42 million — including $1.6 million from the federal government — to address the needs of young people in foster care and others living in low-income families. “Bottom line is we have less social worker visits, we have less […]

Indiana prepares foster families to take in children impacted by COVID-19

State has more than 20,000 children already in foster care RTV6 Indianapolis April 14, 2020 In Indiana, 50% of the foster children are in DCS homes and the other 50% are in homes with organizations and private agencies like the Villages, the state’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency, serving more than 3,000 children […]

Foster families’ needs intensified during COVID crisis

Under stay-at-home orders, foster families across Oregon are experiencing new struggles. Some can’t leave home, have a loss of income or a loss of childcare. The networks that usually fill those needs — such as schools, government agencies and nonprofits — are also under new strain due to the pandemic. Every Child, an initiative of […]

In Colorado, Protecting Children During Isolation Orders

Rocky Mountain PBS Child welfare staff members are required to meet with families in person when they open an investigation after receiving referrals that indicate children may be at risk. Those requirements have not loosened in the era of social distancing. DHS officials say calls to the child abuse hotline fell while Denver Public Schools […]

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 […]

California to spend extra $42 million to help foster youth during pandemic

Governor Newsom is making more than $27 million available to help families stay together, nearly $7 million to support social workers and $3 million to support Family Resource Centers. These new investments, totaling $42 million ($40.6 million in state general fund and $1.4 million in federal funds) over the next three months will support foster […]

Coronavirus adds new stressors on Alaska’s vulnerable youths and young adults

Benjamin Miller’s life was rocky but mostly on track. The 20-year-old University of Alaska Anchorage student is one of 3,144 Alaska youths in foster care. Miller went to Washington for spring break. When he got back, the anthropology student said he scrambled to move out of his dorm in one day because of the coronavirus […]

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 […]

Arkansas foster numbers rise as pandemic closes court hearings

Children in foster care have supervised and, when appropriate, unsupervised visitations with their biological families while living with their foster parents. DCFS has encouraged more teleconferenced visitations during the pandemic to reduce the chances of exposure to everyone concerned. However, there are cases where a home visit is more appropriate, such as one mother who […]

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.

Pandemic hits young adults who left foster care without families hard

April 13, 2020 Knoxville News By Timothy Dennis Although everyone is feeling vulnerable during this COVID-19 pandemic, young people like me who have transitioned out of foster care without permanent family are even more vulnerable. Even in the best of times, leaving foster care to become an adult all on your own is terrifying. And we […]

How The Coronavirus Is Affecting The Foster Care System And Its Children (North Carolina)

April 4, 2020 WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR News Source Visitations with their birth parents have been suspended and permanent placements are being delayed. Kim Ford is the foster care supervisor for Bethany Christian Services which provides adoption and foster care services. She and others predict that more children will have a need for foster care as […]

‘We need heroes right now’: Pleas for foster families amid coronavirus (Ohio)

April 4, 2020 Columbus Dispatch According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio had more than 16,600 children in out-of-home care earlier this week. Of the state’s 7,880 licensed foster homes, about 4,440 had children placed in them. To keep foster-parent recruiting efforts moving, the organization is conducting training classes online and […]

Oklahoma Human Services Issues Emergency Relief Payments to Foster Families

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will begin issuing emergency relief payments to foster parents in early April. These payments, which will be paid monthly, per child, are meant to support foster families as they navigate the impact of unexpected expenses of caring for children full-time due to school closures. “During this incredibly difficult […]

The Coronavirus Could Cause a Child Abuse Epidemic

April 7, 2020 New York Times editorial by Dr. Nina Agrawal, a child abuse pediatrician As part of virtual visits, child health providers should routinely ask families how they are doing and offer help. Just as fever is a warning sign of infection, physicians must recognize the warning signs of abuse.As doctors, we can share […]