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

Wisconsin 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 letterĀ here.

Kids Forward
Supporting Families Together Association
Wisconsin Association of Family & Children’s Agencies
Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association

The need for foster care parents increase despite COVID-19 pandemic

June 10, 2020

WBAY

A local non-profit foster care organization says there’s a need for more foster care parents amid the pandemic. Since the beginning of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, Foundations Health and Wholeness has seen an increase in foster care referrals. “We are getting anywhere from 25-30 referrals every single week and every referral is a kid that needs a foster home. Unfortunately, since this pandemic began, we’re just not getting the calls from people interested in becoming foster parents,” said Collin Drews, Foundations’ Statewide Foster Care Recruiting Manager.

Full article here.

Katie Gordon: When there’s no one to turn to (Wisconsin)

Chippewa Falls Herald

I spent seven years in foster care here in Wisconsin, and this COVID-19 epidemic is hitting me and other youth from foster care really hard.

While I was able to reunify with my mother during my last year of foster care, leaving care in this way has meant I am not eligible for many services that help young people who have left foster care during their transition to adulthood.

Link here.