Foster children have enormous challenges even in the best of times. The coronavirus pandemic threatens them with even greater turmoil, isolating them from adult supervisors and friends and making it harder to move on to new lives — either with biological or adoptive families, or as newly independent adults.
Researchers suggest the poverty rate may reach the highest levels in half a century, hitting African-Americans and children hardest.
Pennsylvania hospitals are treating more children with severe child abuse injuries, indicating the state’s most vulnerable kids are not safe at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
Like most small businesses right now, child care centers around the country are struggling to stay alive. More than 60% of licensed child care providers have already shut down because of the crisis, according to a survey by the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Afraid of Covid-19, parents are postponing well-child checkups, including shots, putting millions of children at risk of exposure to preventable deadly diseases.