Nearly two months ago, the world all but shut down to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Stores, small businesses, and even places like dental offices were closed, and many employees
found themselves abruptly working from home or laid off while attempting to find a new normal.
Parents were suddenly teaching their children from home as schools closed for the remainder of
the academic year. Those who had to go in public were largely wearing gloves and masks and
maintaining a distance of six feet apart from those around them. In short, everything changed
and most everything was shut down or limited in their operations. This is not the case with
Children’s Hope and its residential treatment center as well as foster care. While the rest of the
world had to change what they were doing or stop it altogether, Children’s Hope, the foster care
system, and many other residential treatment centers continued to function in a way that would
maintain safety and some sense of normalcy for our children.
In the wake of the pandemic, Children’s Hope has continued to provide quality care and safety
to many children in Texas through foster care and a residential treatment center. The direct care
staff at the treatment center have continued to care for those who are on the premises. Foster
parents have continued to love and care for children in their homes. Case managers, foster
parents, counselors, support staff, and more have continued to work together to support these
children through a difficult and unprecedented time in our world. While there is no guide for how
to do these jobs during a global pandemic, they have done a fantastic job of continuing on with
parenting, counseling, supporting, and advising. They have continued on with their jobs to
ensure that the children are able to keep moving forward.
Children’s Hope is so thankful for the ways staff members and foster parents have stepped up
and made COVID-19 less intimidating and life changing for the children in their care. Thank you
for stepping up and making a strange time a little less uncertain for our kids.