The Vermont Department of Children and Families was already having a hard time finding foster families for the growing number of children in need of homes. The pandemic made that job even harder.
"“Some individuals may be at high risk of serious illness due to COVID and so really thinking about exposure, what does it mean to bring someone new into your household," said Brenda Gooley, the director of operations for the family services division of DCF. Because of the virus, she says they are operating on a mostly virtual basis, so typical strategies have to change. “Meeting basic needs, whether it’s educating that child, providing childcare, connecting with services, all of that dramatically changed under COVID.""
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