Despite City’s Urging, Virtual Visits the New Norm for Many New York City Parents with Kids in Foster Care
A New York City mother watched as her toddler waddled away, but she couldn’t reach out to play with her, or scoop her up in her arms. Her daughter was living in a foster home, and with the coronavirus racing through what has become the U.S.
Counselor Who Treated Kids with Laughter and Love Falls to Coronavirus
Eric Joseph always made sure the kids at Merrick House started their day off right. It didn’t matter that by the time they woke, he was finishing a 10-hour overnight shift at the Long Island home for children with mental health and behavioral challenges.
After Court Action, Unaccompanied Minors Starting to Leave Risky Group Settings in New York City
Following an emergency federal court action taken last week, New York group home providers caring for unaccompanied Central American minors have begun to move some of those children out of shelters that now constitute a contagion-risky environment in a city that has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
New York City Foster Care Rushes to Prepare for Coronavirus
New York City’s foster care system has navigated crises before, especially after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. But the emergency plans nonprofits created after those disasters didn’t account for pandemics, and the city’s Administration for Children’s Services is now requesting updates from dozens of organizations serving nearly 8,000 youth in foster care.