How the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Young Parents With Foster Care Experience
A new webinar from the Annie E. Casey Foundation examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected young parents with experience in foster care.
The webinar, Five Ways the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Young Parents With Foster Care Experience, shares findings from a Foundation-funded study involving 26 young parents. It includes quotes and photos from the parents as well as a presentation by researchers from the University of Maryland and Montclair State University.
The panelists, including a young father who served on the research team, explore five themes during the 90-minute session. These themes — culled from parent input — are:
- employment disruptions and economic hardships;
- educational challenges;
- mental health challenges;
- insufficient resources and barriers to receiving services; and
- silver linings, such as the opportunity to spend more time with children and build resilience.
Allison Holmes, a senior research associate with the Casey Foundation, moderates the session. Panelists included:
- Elizabeth M. Aparicio, assistant professor with the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health
- Svetlana Shpiegel, associate professor with Montclair State University’s Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy
- Alexander Sanchez, researcher and young father
- Tammi Fleming, senior associate with the Casey Foundation
Learn more about the research
- View the Storms & Blossoms book of photos taken by the young parents
- Watch a webinar and read a report to learn how young parents feel about COVID-19 vaccination
- Explore more resources via the ReSHAPING Network, a website devoted to this research
Learn more about young parents in foster care
- Download a fact sheet about young people with foster care experience and their eligibility for pandemic relief
- Go to a tool kit for system leaders about expectant and parenting youth in foster care