The COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching, harmful effects on all families, and is creating uniquely difficult challenges for vulnerable children and families involved with the child welfare system, and the organizations working to support them. What’s needed is a comprehensive approach to help struggling families, support child welfare professionals and agencies/courts, and amplify the work of organizations that strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Specifically, we need an approach that:
- Helps children, families and grandfamilies who are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 virus, including birth, foster, kinship, grandfamilies and adoptive families;
- Prioritizes emergency support to meet the urgent needs of youth who have left foster care or who are transitioning from care;
- Amplifies services that support vulnerable families and prevent maltreatment; and
- Equips agencies, courts, and staff with the resources, tools, and training they need to continue working effectively.
Professionals and advocates propose a comprehensive set of actions that can help mitigate the effect of this crisis on our most vulnerable children and families. Visit each section for more details on the current needs as well as specific policy and practice recommendations that will make a difference.