Across the U.S., COVID-19 has applied fresh pressure to an already overburdened child welfare system.
The pandemic has closed courts, sidelined caseworkers and slowed the process for reunifying families. Most visits with parents now take place online. Worry about infection has had a chilling effect on recruiting foster parents to meet the need.
Child welfare advocates worry about the added trauma and isolation for already vulnerable kids.
Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, we look at protecting and fostering children during a pandemic.
Laura Santhanam, journalist, PBS NewsHour
Ann Woodford, director of foster care, The Buckeye Ranch
Chip Spinning, executive director, Franklin County Children's Services
Kate Yonkura, foster parent
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD® (1-800-422-4453).