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 Network
Children’s Home Network-Kinship
Children’s Network of SWFL
Directions for Living
Eckerd Community Alternatives Florida
Florida Coalition for Children
Florida Network of Youth and Family Services
Florida’s Children First
Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc.
Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options
KidSafe Foundation
LifeStream Behavioral Center, Inc.
Lutheran Services Florida
Neighbor To Family, Inc.
SOS Children’s Villages Florida
St. Augustine Youth Services

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 been a collective community response to finding innovative ways to ensure children remain safe and don’t experience further trauma as a result of the new disruptions in everyone’s daily lives.

Read the story 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 — are temporary. Some courts stipulate that in-person visits may continue if all parties agree to proceed.

Link here.