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This article researched and compiled by KARA board member Mike Tikkanen
All Adults Are the Protectors of All Children
Because schools are closed, after-school activities are canceled and churches aren’t having youth groups and community activity with trusted adults outside the home have evaporated – the chances an abused child can find help to interrupt abuse in the home are dramatically reduced.
Add to that, families living with troubled children are finding the COVID environment much harder now.
More anxiety, substance abuse and family violence are happening because of lost jobs or being unable to work because affordable daycare doesn’t exist where they live added to the 24/7 close quarters of people locked into toxic homes because of the pandemic.
Every state is struggling with child protection, domestic violence and foster care. What’s it like to be a foster child or a foster parent in your state? The following articles are arranged by state. Check out your state here;
California; Gabriel Fernandez death 7 years ago and child protection in California today.
Connecticut; Invisible Children
Georgia Expects Pandemic to create upsurge in foster care.
Iowa; Help needed finding foster families in Western Iowa
Kansas Closes last youth residential cares for boys (PCAP). 35% of these Kansas kids graduated high school this year.
Kentucky foster families were struggling to find families before the pandemic – it will be even harder coming out of the Covid pandemic.
Louisiana; Child Protective Services needs 1500 workers to help at risk children.
Louisiana; half of child care centers closed
Massachusetts; Abused children stuck and home and child abuse reports drop a big concern
Maine; Redesigned website for DHHS to better serve the public
Michigan; Youth sent out of state by DCS return with Covid
Missouri; Big change for foster children
Montana Child Abuse reports down significantly – child advocates worried.
Nebraska; Heartland family services buys Archdiocese campus.
Nevada; Dave Thomas foundation expands Wendy’s Wonderful Kids charity
New Hampshire; National Foster Care Month – 1 in 17 children live outside of their family home.
New Mexico; Who decides on foster placements?
North Carolina; Isolation, depression and poverty of aging out foster children.
Ohio; First in house adoptions since mid-March
Oklahoma; Lack of foster families places children outside the county
Rhode Island; Emergency care for foster children during pandemic.
South Carolina teachers helping abused children outside the classroom during the pandemic.
Tennessee; Kids in need of permanent homes
Texas; RMYA / Roy Maas Youth Alternatives Accreditation
Virginia; Spike in child abuse cases
Washington; Foster child housing-rescue plan. Abuse allegations forcing Prescott boys home closure
Wisconsin; Trauma screening through ACEs to help abused children heal – Black children 4 times more likely to be removed from the home in CP cases. Governor Evers cuts 1.9 M from child welfare services.