Children and youth in foster care have often survived a lifetime of uncertainty and change, both before entering foster care and during foster care. For these children, changes like social distancing during COVID-19, can trigger traumatic memories or symptoms. Specific concerns for children in foster care During the coronavirus pandemic, caring for children in foster care can be even more challenging than the usual day-to-day care given by parents, foster and kinship caregivers, and child welfare professionals. Many of these children have experienced adversity and trauma, leaving them more vulnerable to the changes that come with school closings, lack of daily contact with friends and mentors, and other forms of social distancing.
Safe and effective vaccines are now available, offering hope for an end to the pandemic. Until everyone is vaccinated, however, the virus continues to spread.
Here’s what we know now and how you can protect your family and others.
Many parents are fortunate to have jobs they can do from home during the coronavirus shutdown. However, they’re discovering how challenging it is to work and parent at the same time. If you are in the middle of this this juggling act, it is important to recognize that your work productivity is probably going to take a hit during this shutdown. Adjust and set more realistic expectations for you and your family. Here are some age-appropriate suggestions to help avoid frustration and keep your family move forward during the pandemic.
Along with physical distancing and good hand washing, face masks help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This includes the more contagious Delta variant. Masks can be especially important for children younger than age 12, who are not yet eligible for the COVID vaccines. Some parents may have concerns about face masks, and we’re here to help. Here are some common questions about kids and masks, along with evidence-based information that will put your mind at ease:
Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series Guidance on child protection for professionals in child welfare and related fields as produced by the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect within the Children’s Bureau.Various series available to support your work with children and families affected by child abuse and other child welfare issues.