California Gov. Gavin Newsom pledges $42 million to children and families involved in the child welfare system. This relief package will provide monthly checks to families in crisis and prevent young adults from aging out of foster care during the pandemic. The majority of the funds will be drawn from the state's general fund instead of federal funds. With 200 young adults aging out of foster care at 21 every month the state is looking to "extend the emancipation process" to prevent more youth from becoming homeless and experiencing food insecurity.
Indiana Department of Child Services prepares foster families to take in children impacted by COVID-19. Foster families are being contacted to find out if they could take in a child who has been in contact with COD-19 or a child who is COVID-19 positive. Indiana organizations are also trying to be proactive by doing training and informational sessions via Zoom. By using the time to prepare and build capacity they are hoping to be better prepared if there is a surge in need.
Oklahoma organizations are helping kids who are aging out of the foster care system at the age of 18. Most youth who age out at the age of 18 do not take advantage of the resources available to them. Organizations like the Oklahoma Successful Adulthood Program provides youth aging out of the child welfare system by providing federal funding to assist with rent payment, food, or getting a vehicle. Qualified youths can put themselves back in the system for an additional year.
The latest fromVoice for Adoption advocacy can be found here.
Update from theHuman Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.