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 pandemic. The room held his every possession.

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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 Association
Alaska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Alaska Children’s Alliance
Alaska Children’s Trust
Bristol Bay Native Association
Catholic Community Service, Inc.
CCS Early Learning
Fairbanks Youth Advocates
Kids Corps, Inc.
Mat-Su Health Foundation
Nine Star Education & Employment Services
Nine Star Enterprises
Onward & Upward
Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.
Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children
Stone Soup Group
The Carol H. Brice Family Center
Thrivalaska Head Start Birth to Five
Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence
VOA Alaska
YWCA Alaska