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Foster Care & Adoption

Vulnerable children and their families cannot be forgotten as our child welfare system buckles during the global fight to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

Every day we hear stories of children displaced; communication breakdowns between youth in foster care and their birth parents; and we fear an increase in child abuse cases.

On this page, we’ll track relevant stories and resources during these extraordinary times.

Read Sandy’s Op-Ed calling for policymakers to support youth in and aging out of foster care during the COVID-19 crisis.

What CR is Doing

May 12, 2020

We are proud to have joined over 110 organizations and 650 foster youth, foster parents, and advocates calling for Congress to provide crucial supports to older youth facing the stress and disruptions resulting from COVID-19.

We urge Congress to consider the series of legislative recommendations provided below for inclusion in the next COVID-19 relief bill.

April 23, 2020

Call on Your Governor to Help Older Foster Youth

As policymakers at both the state and federal level consider how to implement protections for American families from the economic and societal consequences of the pandemic, they must not forget about our nation’s foster youth preparing to age out of the system.

A few states — Connecticut, Illinois, California, Rhode Island, Michigan, Ohio, and South Carolina— have already put policies in place to stop youth from aging out during the crisis. Governors who have not yet acted must follow their lead, and do it now.

We need the power of your voice to ensure every governor hears the message!

Add your voice.

April 17, 2020

We are proud to have joined over 110 organizations and 650 foster youth, foster parents, and advocates calling for Congress to provide crucial supports to older youth facing the stress and disruptions resulting from COVID-19.

Children’s Rights joined national advocates in urging Congress to take action to help older foster youth in and aging out of foster care. 

We ask that the following reforms are included:

  1. Increase Chafee Funding by $500 million
  2. Extend the Age of Eligibility for Chafee Aftercare Services to Age 23 for All Youth
  3. Suspend Participation Requirements for Young People in Extended Foster Care
  4. Place a Moratorium on Discharges from the Foster Care System for Youth Ages 18-21
  5. Allow States to Draw Down Title IV-E funds until a Young Person Reaches Age 22

We urge Congress to consider the series of legislative recommendations provided below for inclusion in the next COVID-19 relief bill.

Resources

Child Welfare COVID-19 Command Center

The Command Center houses resources and guidance for foster care individuals and organizations affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Welfare COVID-19 Command Center

COVID-19 Foster Care & Adoption News

COVID-19: Putting Children First

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