Child welfare agencies call for emergency relief

The Children’s Defense Fund (Ohio) is joining other child advocacy organizations nationwide, requesting that Congress provide extra assistance in the next COVID-19 relief package. The CDFO and other groups drafted a letter that points out a likely increase in child welfare referrals due to abuse and neglect as states begin to reopen. The surge is predicted as families continue to be affected by coronavirus-related job losses, school closures, loss of childcare, and other challenges.

The 31 percent increase in calls to parent helpline 1-800-4-A-CHILD is an indicator that agencies may be flooded with such cases.

In Ohio, the recent budget cut totaling $775 million to state agencies and programs means that the CDFO could need the extra funding more than ever. Angela Sausser, Executive Director of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio explained, “We need to ensure that our county agencies can meet the demand for services for these vulnerable children and families.”

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