The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a web-based event for DC policymakers and leaders nationwide, Child Welfare in the Midst of the Pandemic.
The event offered a serious look at the impact of COVID response on children and child welfare systems across the country. Presenters spotlighted a range of critical issues, from the projected spikes in serious abuse and neglect cases to positive and negative reactions of child protection and judicial systems.
I had the opportunity to highlight the truly remarkable role faith-based organizations are playing amidst the challenges. Even as many government systems pulled back or shut down entirely, many faith-motivated organizations, churches and families stepped up – filling gaps and expanding programs. Some have also been on the leading edge of innovations that harness technology to continue – or even enhance – the services curtailed by quarantines. As I shared, this willingness to embrace sacrifice and risk to serve vulnerable neighbors amidst pandemic is a commitment that goes back 2,000 years in the Christian tradition…and is shining again today.
Willingness to embrace sacrifice and risk to serve vulnerable neighbors amidst pandemic is a commitment that goes back 2,000 years in the Christian tradition…and is shining again today.
You can view the event page and full 90-minute event HERE, including both presentations and the discuss that followed. Or, you can see my remarks on the role of faith-based organizations below.