Caring for children in foster and kinship care during a pandemic: lessons learned and recommendations

Hilda Loria, Jill McLeigh, Kristin Wolfe, Erinne Conner, Valerie Smith, Christopher S. Greeley, Rachael J. Keefe

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Abstract

Through qualitative feedback from professionals in healthcare, mental health, and child welfare, this study explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and well-being of children in the child welfare system. Positive outcomes and challenges related to the care of children in foster or kinship care in Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic are described. Themes identified included disparities in the child welfare system; utilization of telehealth; cross-sector communication and collaboration; safety considerations; and placement stability and support. The article concludes with recommendations in each of these areas for ensuring the health and well-being of children in foster and kinship care during a pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Child
  • child welfare
  • covid-19
  • foster care
  • pandemic
  • relative/kinship care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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