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How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Most Vulnerable Children in America?

Since early in the COVID-19 pandemic, child advocates have warned that the isolation, economic impact, and other consequences of lockdowns could hit vulnerable children especially hard. Studies on what has actually played out over the past year are only beginning to come in, but the data thus far appear to confirm that concerns for children […]


Child Welfare in the Midst of the Pandemic

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 […]


Collateral Beauty of COVID-19: Gifts We May Have Missed

We’ve all experienced disruption and difficulty from COVID-19, some of it severe. But amidst it all, many gifts have also arrived unexpectedly — some of them despite, and some even because of the hard things. At the CAFO “Small Matters” gathering last month, one workshop speaker asked participants to share unanticipated hardships they’d faced due to […]


Anxious this Year? Little Choices Can Make a Difference (“Small Matters” Keynote)

I’ve felt the tug of anxiety this year more than ever in my life.  I don’t mean the sharp, clinical kind.  Rather, it’s more like a low-grade fever.  Sometimes the feeling fades to almost nothing.  Other days it threatens to color everything I see. Many, many friends have confessed similar feelings.  It’s as if anxiety […]


Washington Examiner: US Children Facing Increased Risk of Abuse under COVID

The article Invisible Children in the Washington Examiner explains how COVID lockdowns and closures – while protecting children from catching or spreading the virus – have boosted risks of abuse while decreasing the likelihood anyone will notice. It begins with statistics on dramatic drops in reports of child abuse: from 51% in New York to 55% in Massachusetts. But […]


New: CAFO Study on the Rapid Return of Children in Residential Care to Family as a Result of COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to impact vulnerable children and families around the world. In response to the pandemic, some governments have required residential care providers to rapidly return children to families without proper preparation for the transition.  While family reunification should be a priority whenever possible, these mandates put many nonprofits in a challenging position by forcing […]