These are unprecedented times, folks! People are hurting physically, mentally, and emotionally because of this pandemic and the political and racial unrest in the world. The foster care community is no exception.
Please be proactive and check in on your friends and family. Even if things are going well for you, it may not be for them. Hearing from you might be just what they need to spark some joy and lift their spirits.
I’m going to continue to pray for friends, family, the foster care Community, our country, and our world. If we band together and pray for our people and our land, there’s no limit to what God can do. We need a breakthrough!
Ephesians 18 says,
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 says,
“if my people, who are called by my name,will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Personally, until July 17, we did not have a foster care or respite care placement since February 2020 before the pandemic began and social restrictions were enforced in Minnesota. This is the longest our family has gone without a placement in ten years. This concerns me because I know there are child abuse and child neglect cases that are going unreported because of the shutdowns of schools, kids not in daycare, and people socially isolating themselves and their children. People just aren’t seeing it.
On July 17, it was very different picking up a baby from the hospital. Safety measures were in place, and I was in and out with the baby in less than ten minutes time. Thankfully, I spoke with a nurse ahead of time and got most of my questions answered before going to retrieve the baby. I worked with the social workers through FaceTime and met with prospective family members, who were willing to care for this child, over the phone and through online video chats. I also initiated a video visit with the baby’s parents. At the initial hearing, the parents and judge were the only people allowed in the courtroom, with all safety measures in place. The workers and attorneys would enter the courtroom through video services. It’s all so strange. In pre-Covid days, all involved would attend the hearing, and that baby would have an in-person visit with his parents, most likely within a day or two of the court date. How does one attach to a baby through video? You can’t hold a baby or feed a baby this way. That seems to me to be the only way attachment and bonding will occur. What damaging effects will this have on the child? I’m not sure where the case will go and if in-person visits will take place because I moved the child to a family member one week after placement.
I’m sure the county and all involved will do the best they can in meeting the needs of children placed and their parents, but it is not the same as in pre-Covid days.
I’m certain there are children out there who are getting unnoticed because of this pandemic, and I am praying that these children are not too damaged and will eventually get noticed and get the proper care they deserve.
We are open to caring for children needing homes and will do the best we can to keep them safe and work on reunifying them with their parents and/or family members.
I’m grateful for the measures the foster care system is taking to keep everyone involved safe. I’m sure they are doing the best they can during this unprecedented time.
The article below shares some changes in the foster care system during this pandemic.
Shared from National Foster Parent Association’s post from Facebook:
National Foster Care Month: Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents
May Is National Foster Care Month It’s a time to recognize that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Find resources and information to help ensure that their future is bright.
💻 Learn More: https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth
#NFPAti #NFPA #NFCM2020 #Training #fostercare #adoption #kinship #caregivers
Prayers go out for all the vulnerable children and their families. The kids especially have been on my mind lately. With the stress of the COVID-19 outbreak, so many children and families are at risk of abuse and neglect; because we are socially isolating, it may go unnoticed. Pay attention to your neighbors, check in by phone, and if you or someone you know needs help or suspects abuse or neglect, please report it or reach out. ❤️🙏🏻