What it’s like for a foster child locked down by COVID rules, in a home with people you really don’t know, unable to be with others in school or sport or art or play?
Or, the struggling single parent without the education or temperament required for teaching your child at home?
Data indicates large percentages of online learning has not been happening.
Instead, frustration for teachers and parents teaching distracted and anxious students without classroom structure or discipline make both teacher and student at greater risk for failure.
What’s it like for the social worker or guardian ad Litem knowing that the child they are talking to online is in a toxic home of violence, child abuse and drugs and it’s not possible to visit or confirm or remove that child to safety because of the COVID restrictions?
What’s it like knowing that a caregiver is watching as the child responds to the social workers questions leaving little chance for that child’s honest answers to the hard questions a social worker will ask?
What has been occurring in too many homes to too many children will be with us for decades as a growing number of traumatized children are being stamped with the mental health and behavioral problems that follow beatings, sexual abuse and neglect in the home.
Yes, these things were happening prior to this pandemic, but at least there was some escape to school with a chance for shelter, normalcy and a caring adult that would listen.
For many children, the abuse and trauma continue uninterrupted for over a year now.
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