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Michelle Wiley and Adriana Morga - KQED,

This article from KQED describes how the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted efforts to reunite families separated by U.S. immigration policy.

Lucia C. A. Williams, Viviane Dutra Gama, Ricardo P. Oliveira, Sabrina Mazo D’Affonseca - Child Abuse & Neglect,

In this article, the authors present child abuse and neglect data available in Brazilian public health system platform and in a national childline reporting channel (Dial 100) from 2011-2017.

Siv Oltedal, Ingunn Studsrød, Rasa Naujanienė, Carolina Muñoz Guzmán - Journal of Comparative Social Work,

The study from Chile, Lithuania and Norway explores how social workers define family and more specific the position of extended families within child welfare and thus indicate contextual differences and similarities.

Gia E. Barboza, Lawrence B. Schiamberg, Layne Pachl - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The purpose of this study was to provide unique insights into the spatial and temporal distribution of child abuse and neglect (CAN) in relation to COVID-19 outcomes and identify areas where CAN has increased or decreased during the pandemic.

Jessica Bakeman - WLRN, Miami Times,

Rep. Patricia Williams of the US state of Florida, a foster parent herself, is calling on the governor of Florida and the state Department of Children and Families "to institute a moratorium on young people aging out of the foster care system, to help them avoid the two-pronged health and economic crises of COVID-19 without state support," according to this article from the Miami Times.


UNICEF seeks the services of a consultant to support internal and external work on unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), including those affected by COVID-19 and containment measures.

Alexandra Ellerbeck - The Nation,

“If the government takes a kid out of their family, we make a commitment to that child that their life will be better because of the government interaction,” said James McIntyre - who "spent 17 years in the custody of the Illinois Department of Family services" - as quoted in this article from the Nation.

Mary Papenfuss - Huffington Post,

"Trump administration officials ejected nearly 9,000 unaccompanied migrant children from the U.S. without court hearings — taking no precautions to protect them from traffickers," according to this article from the Huffington Post.

Camilo Montoya-Galvez - CBS News,

"At least 8,800 migrant children who arrived at the southern border without their parents have been swiftly expelled from the country and denied U.S. refuge during the pandemic under an emergency policy," according to this article from CBS News.

Catherine Hess - National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP),

This report explores how states can leverage federal and state policy tools to improve options for CMC in or at risk of foster care placement.