May is Foster Care Awareness Month Dr. Sharen Ford, Director of foster care and adoption at Focus on the Family. *** As states begin to reopen, Dr. Ford says more children may need safe foster homes. Licensed agencies are handling the process differently during the pandemic. Focus on the Family www.waitnomore.org - Some reports show that child abuse calls have decreased -- which isn't necessarily a good sign. With children shut in their homes, the typical people who catch child abuse (teachers, doctors, etc.) don't have the same interaction with these vulnerable children as they used to. - Agencies are still placing children in foster homes. Families are still needed even with fewer reports being made, and a spike is likely once the lockdown ends. - Different Agencies are handling the COVID-19 Crisis differently. Some are moving parts of their certification to online platforms. Some are changing their class routines. - Agencies need support.
May 19, 2020 at 11:04 AM EDT - Updated May 19 at 11:04 AM