WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined Senate colleagues in a letter to Senate Leadership as well as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, pushing for vital resources for the child welfare system to support vulnerable children and families suffering from abuse and neglect during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We must act swiftly to increase funding to strengthen the systems that prevent and respond to child abuse and address the needs of children, youth, and families in the foster care system,” wrote the Senators. “The impacts of COVID-19 are creating challenges for families who are navigating new public health safety protocols, school closures, uncertain childcare arrangements, job losses, social isolation, and significant barriers to many critical support services. Investing in programs that support families and keep children safe is more important than ever. Existing federal programs with infrastructure and expertise are already in place to address these challenges. However, they currently lack the financial support to effectively combat the new challenges presented by this crisis.”
Read Senator Rosen’s full letter here.