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 stay-at-home orders and school closures. As long as the community organizations that most frequently serve our children are closed or restricted, it will be necessary for our local and national leaders to bring together our multidisciplinary colleagues and different groups of people together find new ways to identify and prevent child abuse.
Full article here.
Indiana 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.
Bauer Family Resources Inc.
Children’s Bureau Inc
Crisis Center Inc. a Youth Service Bureau-Alternative House
Families First Indiana, Inc.
Family and Community Partners
Family Ark, Inc.
Family Community Connections, INC
Family Focus, Inc.
Family Time, Inc.
Gibault Children’s Services
Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy
Interact Family Services
Lutheran Social Services of Indiana
Marion County Commission On Youth, Inc.
Open Arms Family and Educational Services
Open Door Youth Services
Paddock View Residential Center, Inc
SCAN, Inc. (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect)
Stepping Stone Therapy Center
The Phoenix Institute
The Youth Service Bureau of Jay County, Inc.
United Methodist Youth Home, Inc.
Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County
The Villages of Indiana, Inc.
(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 recently transitioned out of care.
On April 29, 2020 Foster Success sent a letter to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb about ways the State can support foster youth during COVID-19.
Dear Governor Holcomb,
We recognize the challenges COVID-19 has placed on you and your administration and appreciate your leadership in this time of crisis. Today, we are writing to commend the work that has been done on behalf of Indiana’s older foster youth and to ask that you take additional action to ensure that we can continue to meet the unique health and safety needs of teens and young adults in Indiana’s child welfare system and their peers who are or have recently transitioned out of care.
Young people in and leaving the foster care system have been hit hard by COVID-19. During a time when many teens and young adults are able to rely on their families for critical support, Hoosiers in foster care must rely on the child welfare system to ensure their safety, health, and well-being. As you know, teens and young adults leaving the care of the child welfare system in Indiana between the ages of 18-21 are among the most vulnerable in our state and that vulnerability has significantly increased during the current public health crisis. Young people have reported: struggling to pay rent, fearing that they will lose their placement or housing, not having sufficient funds for food and being isolated and cut off from emotional support and resources.
Read full letter here
State has more than 20,000 children already in foster care
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 and their families every single day.
“We’re trying to be really proactive,” said Sharon Pierce, CEO and President of the Villages. “We are surveying our foster families, assessing who has a risk factor, being over 60 or having respiratory conditions that might make them more susceptible and eliminating those families.”