Foster families are adjusting to tech demands
LAWRENCE - When school buildings across Kansas shut down in March, parents and students had to adjust to shorter class times, Zoom sessions and take-home packets.
Meanwhile, families in the foster care system faced extra challenges: keeping up with training sessions, therapy appointments and social worker visits.
School is already hard enough for many foster kids. They’re more likely to have mental health concerns that need treatment, and learning disorders or disabilities that require special education plans.
Many of those families found themselves struggling to take care of those needs online, Kansas foster care agencies report. Some families relied on their phones for internet access, while others used hotspots provided by schools. And kinship families - they take in foster children who are relatives - are even more likely to struggle with finding the technology they need.
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