Maine organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Maine 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.

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. & The Kinship Program
American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter
Community Concepts, Inc
Maine Children’s Alliance
Maine Children’s Trust
New Beginnings Inc.
Spurwink Services
Volunteers of America Northern New England

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.