Impact for Families
Mitigating the Implications of Coronavirus Pandemic on Families
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Education & The Digital Divide
Families vary widely in their financial and educational resources for supporting their children’s online education from home. For families with fewer resources, the negative impact of distance learning on youth’s academic progress is likely to be greater.
Intersecting axes of inequality may leave minority youth especially disadvantaged in online learning environments.
COVID-19 has exacerbated the digital divide by creating barriers to high-quality education, especially for youth in rural and low-income communities.
With persons experiencing homelessness at high-risk, the pandemic may present opportunities for policymakers to solve housing crises.
Policymakers need to account for the pandemic's disproportionate effect on communities of color that compound underlying health & economic disparities.
Incarcerated populations, correctional staff & their families are at an especially increased risk to become infected as the prison environment does not lend itself to be protective against illness.
To reduce the spread of global pandemics such as Covid-19, the “smart de-carceration” of offenders who are at-risk for severe health complications could be considered.
The LGBTQ community may be particularly vulnerable as health disparities and discrimination that already existed continue to grow.
Strategies & policies enacted to reduce community transmission of Covid-19, although necessary, may have placed victims of interpersonal violence at risk.
Isolation from support resources & social networks removes a key source of protection for victims.
Children or teenagers in households with domestic violence are at higher risk for mental health & behavioral problems.
Digitalized evidence-based programs could support providers’ need for adapting to digital demands.
Community organizations & shelters may offer alternative & tailored forms of support for survivors of abuse during epidemics.
Additional assurances & resources are needed for immigrant survivors of abuse & other populations who may face additional barriers to seeking help.
Policymakers need to consider strategies to ensure vulnerable children and families maintain access to needed healthcare and social services and supports as the necessary physical distancing policies heighten the risk of child maltreatment.
Increased stress and economic insecurity affect parenting behaviors, increasing the potential for child maltreatment.
Co-parents with joint or shared custody of their children may face unique challenges.
Childcare staff need social and financial resources to maintain their physical well-being, as they care for the children of other essential workers.
Alternative strategies & resources are essential for the socio-emotional well-being of childcare staff & children with increased stress.
IMMIGRANT WORKFORCE & FAMILIES
Ineligibility for Relief Programs and Other Services.
Healthcare and Education.
Migrant workers make up a significant portion of the workforce affected by the crisis, including healthcare & service industries.
Discrimination based on race and ethnicity.
Detention centers are at high risk of virus infection, transmission and mortality.
Families who depend on early childhood care systems.
Establishing day care centers for children with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
Impact of school closures on students receiving special education supports.
The role of volunteers, youth groups, and churches for families in rural areas.
Isolation and the severity of substance use and mental health challenges.
Transitioning to telework and supporting healthcare workers.
Heightened risk for child maltreatment and domestic violence.
Exacerbating inequalities and impact on vulnerable groups.
Challenges for families who experience homelessness or incarceration.
human trafficking & welfare-involved youth
The shift in childcare duties during the pandemic may increase the risk of child sexual abuse and decrease disclosure rates.
The prevalence of human trafficking heightens with the growing impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities.
Family risk factors for and protective factors against child abuse.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique set of challenges for the well-being of welfare-involved youth in the foster care system.
Live recorded events
Ensuring Vulnerable Children & Families Have Access to Health Services & Supports &
Strategies to Support the Well-Being of Essential Child Care Staff & Children
Duke Center for child and family policy
Key External Resources
American Youth Policy Reform COVID-19 Resource Hub: Youth in Foster Care
Child Trends health and equity/education: School-based health centers can deliver care to vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Institute for Research on Poverty’s COVID-19 Research & Outreach page
COVID-19: Prevention and Family Support Resources/Tools: The Center for Children’s Justice (C4CJ) and partnering organizations provide a central (updated) repository of state (and to some degree local) resources (and research/data) related to protecting children and supporting families in this unprecedented pandemic.
William T. Grant Foundation’s post on service workers during COVID-19
National Domestic Violence Hotline post on Staying Safe during COVID-19
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at UT Austin School of Public Health Webinar Series
Building Blocks Resilience Briefs by Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois are posted every Wednesday.
National Institute on Drug Abuse Resources supports & guides people with substance use disorders & in recovery.
John Hopkins University Interactive Database shows cases by each U.S. state & country.