COVID is Creating a Global Child Care Crisis | Opinion

Anne Smith - Newsweek

In this opinion piece, Anne Smith, Global Director of Changing the Way We Care, calls for an increase in funding for international humanitarian and development assistance in order to support children who have lost a parent to COVID-19 to stay with their families. "We cannot let a generation of children be pushed out of families and into residential care because it's a quick fix for worsening poverty or because their primary caregivers are dying from disease. The lives of millions of children hang in the balance," says Smith. "When families experience a crisis, we find ways to keep them together. We do this by strengthening local systems, including the social service workforce. We also improve a family's access to health care, education and income."