Addressing Child Abuse Reporting and Supporting Child Well-Being During COVID-19.
Memorandum (National Governors Association)
National Governors Association.
Published: June 2020
National Governors Association (NGA)
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This memorandum explains many governors have noted widespread concern about reduced reporting of child abuse and neglect during stay-at-home orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes that as States move toward reopening and recovery, governors have many opportunities to leverage State and federal funding to prevent child abuse and neglect and support the well-being of children, youth, families, and the communities where they live. These include expanding concrete supports, targeting supports and services toward families and communities with the highest needs, providing support for the child welfare workforce, and ensuring cross-agency collaboration to meet the needs of children and families. Examples are provided of steps that can be taken in each of these areas and links are included to State examples. Additional opportunities for supporting child and family well-being are then highlighted and include supporting virtual and safe in-person visitation among families whose children are in foster care, leveraging technology so that family courts may continue proceedings, supporting older youth, and limiting the use of group care facilities. Links to additional resources are provided. (Author abstract modified)
COVID-19; state disaster response; strategic planning; child abuse reporting; child safety; child protective services; well being; State programs; interagency collaboration; remote visitation; remote service delivery; foster adolescents; MANDATORY REPORTING