SC is beginning to locate school children who went silent amid coronavirus pandemic

July 8th, 2020

South Carolina is starting to locate many of the children whom schools have not heard from since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, state data show.

As of July 7, schools have been able to reach 5,654 more students than last month, in which schools reported being unable to reach a total of 16,085 students since in-person classes were closed on March 16, according to survey data and a previous article from The State.

Full article here.

Foster parent speaks out after contracting COVID-19 following a DSS family visit

July 7th, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tesa Conerly, a foster parent, is speaking out after she says her foster children got sick following a family visit.

She was hospitalized for a week as a result of COVID-19. She says her young foster children were accompanied by a case worker with the South Carolina Department of Social Services when they were visiting their biological family.

Full article here.

A different call to action to stop child abuse during coronavirus pandemic

July 3rd, 2020

Along with the delivery of prevention programming, the Child Abuse Prevention Association has provided care to foster children since 1985 through its Open Arms Children’s Home and foster care programs. COVID-19 brought a new set of challenges not just to CAPA but to everyone. From telecommuting to personal protection equipment to homeschooling, we all have worked outside of any box we’ve ever known trying to navigate the waters of a global pandemic.

Full article here.

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

South 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.

Children’s Trust of South Carolina
Fostering Great Ideas
Parent Advocate
SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Advocates change how they help at-risk kids during pandemic

The Post and Courier

June 7, 2020

Home is not always the safest place for children.

Advocates worry that elevated family stress, increased financial burdens and extended school closures mean that many children across South Carolina remain at a high risk for abuse and neglect during the pandemic.

The full extent of how this will impact the children is still unknown, said Carole Swiecicki, executive director of Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center in Charleston. Still, research of other large-scale community level disruptions, such as natural disasters, has shown a spike in child abuse in the aftermath of those events, she said.

That’s because during that time children are likely isolated from school, routines have been disrupted and their parents often have higher levels of stress.

Not only that, she said, but if parents are forced to return to work while schools remain closed, they might be more likely to turn to alternative child care providers that aren’t vetted by the state’s social services agency.

Full article here.

South Carolina Department of Social Services provides much needed support to foster families

South Caroline DSS issued a letter to foster parents announcing that they will be receiving an additional $90/month/child to support the needs of children and youth to begin the month of March 2020 and continuing throughout the Covid-19 emergency declaration period. The temporary increase aims to “help your family address emergent needs with children and young people being home from school and the many other ways the home or work order is likely affecting your family.”

South Caroline is one of several states, including New Mexico, using increased FMAP to provide additional financial support to foster families.

Letter here.