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.
North Carolina 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.
Child Care Services Association
Children’s Home Society of NC
Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina
Communities In Schools of Durham
Criminal Justice Alternatives
Equality North Carolina
NC Pediatric Society
Partnership for Children of Wayne County
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
Strong Able Youth Speaking Out (SaySo)
The Arc of Union/Cabarrus, Inc
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 parents struggle to cope with lost jobs and stress because of COVID-19.
Ford, “The number is expected to grow as the stress level rises for families that are trying to stay intact. And so we’re going to see more children coming into care, especially with mental health issues, job situations, unemployment. So that is definitely a need that we’re going to see spiking.”