The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children in Foster Care

Author: Sarah Font, Ph.D.

Article Topics: foster care, children, family, maltreatment Foster Care in the United States For the hundreds of thousands of U.S. children in foster care on any given day – including 15,000 Pennsylvanian children—the pandemic imposes novel threats to their health and wellbeing. By the time children enter foster care, they have experienced severe neglect, meaning their parents were consistently unable to meet their physical, emotional, and supervision needs. Some children have also experienced or witnessed physical or sexual violence and many have parents with serious drug or alcohol addictions. The totality of these experiences means that children…

Aggressive Parenting during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Mark Feinberg, Ph.D.

Article Topics: children, family, maltreatment During the COVID-19 pandemic, closed schools and daycare centers, parents working at home, and financial insecurity are increasing stress levels and frictions at home. These conditions lead to the potential for increases in harsh, aggressive parenting and child maltreatment that may go unreported. Against a backdrop of already high levels of family violence in the United States, family service providers should focus on ways to reduce conflict and aggression in all family relationships. Headlines are announcing that reports of child abuse are down substantially since social distancing began.…