Foster Care and Social Distancing
From the editor: We are pleased to feature another article from Kelly Rose Waller today on the impact of Covid-19 specifically Social Distancing and Foster Care. As a Foster Mom herself, Kelly knows first hand the impact this pandemic is having on these families and these kids. The excerpt below provides some great insight, and we’ve included a link below to the full article.
Life is so weird right now. We’re all in a strange movie. It’s lonely and boring, but we’re making it work… because we’re aware of how much worse it could, and might, get.
So, how is foster care different under social distancing and self-quarantine and generally living in a COVID-19 world?
Courts are closed. Along with basically everything else, family courts are mostly closed. Emergencies are still being tended to, but a lot of things are getting ‘reviewed’ or ‘continued’ — basically a bunch of paperwork gets shuffled around but nothing changes. The heavy back log that most courts already deal with is only going to get worse. Adoptions that families have been counting down to for months, even years, have been postponed.
Visitation is suspended. For families separated during this time, I can only imagine how much scarier this situation is. Many caseworkers are trying to do digital visits for bio parents to ‘see’ their kids, but we all know it isn’t the same. Siblings who are in different homes aren’t able to connect the same way, despite video chats.
Home visits are digital. Caseworkers are calling foster parents on Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and even Facebook messenger to check in. They watch us play, and I pan the camera around her bedroom so they can do their safety check through the screen.
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