As soon as the shelter in place orders began in the Bay Area, we set out to contact each of our 1368 clients to check in on them, offer resources and just listen. Because children should be seen and heard.We connected with them about things that had nothing to do with court and their cases.We sent them a puzzle to fight the boredom. We connected them to their school’s laptop distribution dates so they could engage in distant learning. We made sure they knew where school lunches would be distributed in their school district. We shared recipes to try while we are stuck at home. And we listened.
Especially when the world us is confusing and overwhelming, children should be seen and heard. Especially in schools struggling to offer appropriate distant learning opportunities to foster youth with special education needs, children should be seen and heard. Especially as families are not able to have the courts hear their cases in a timely manner, children should be seen and heard. Especially now, children should be seen and heard.