More than 140K children in U.S. lost caregiver to COVID-19

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the United States have been staggering, with more than 710,000 deaths in the country, approximately 70,000 in California alone. Of the total coronavirus-related deaths in the country, a recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 140,000 children in the United States lost a caregiver to the virusLeer en español “Children do not understand COVID-19. The only thing they know “is that their parents suddenly get sick and sometimes in a few days they do not have a parent. They do not know where to live. Their whole world has been taken from them,” said Terry Moore, director for Adult Services at the Center for Fathers and Families in Sacramento. The study shows that about one in 500 children in the country “has experienced COVID-19-associated orphanhood or the death of a grandparent,” also citing racial, ethnic, and geographic differences in relation to deaths. Native American / Alaska natives were the most affected, followed by black and Hispanic children. In total, the study said that children of racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 65% of the children who lost a primary caregiver for the virus. “It’s been a shock when the numbers go up. The number of parents, grandparents – African Americans in general. It’s a shock to our society because some people just do not believe it,” Moore said. California is among the three states with the highest number of children facing the death of a primary caregiver, the other two states are Texas and New York. Also noteworthy from the CDC survey is that between 49% and 67% of the children who have lost a primary caregiver in California, Texas, and New Mexico were Hispanic. The losses in California pose a problem that would intensify an already struggling foster family. Sarah Denney is the supervising social worker at Foster Hope Sacramento. She noted a trend need for homes that have the capacity to take three or more siblings, as well as homes that can accommodate teens. Foster Hope Sacramento told KCRA 3 that all nursing homes in the Sacramento region are struggling to find temporary shelter. The need comes not only from the loss of a family member, but also from emergencies. “There is still a need for families who have the opportunity to have children placed in their homes in emergencies — very short-term,” Denney said. Worldwide, an estimated 1.5 million children lost at least one caregiver to COVID-19 during the first 14 months of the pandemic, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the United States have been overwhelming, with more than 710,000 deaths in the country, approximately 70,000 in California alone.

Of the total coronavirus-related deaths in the country, a recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 140,000 children in the United States lost a caregiver to the virus

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“Children do not understand COVID-19. The only thing they know is that their parents suddenly get sick, and sometimes in a few days they do not have a parent. They do not know where to live. Their whole world is been taken from them, “said Terry Moore, director of adult services at the Center for Fathers and Families in Sacramento.

The study shows that about one in 500 children in the country “has experienced COVID-19-associated orphanhood or the death of a grandparent,” also citing racial, ethnic, and geographic differences in relation to deaths.

Native American / Alaska natives were the most affected, followed by black and Hispanic children. In total, the study said that children of racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 65% of the children who lost a primary caregiver for the virus.

CDC: More than 140K children in the United States lost caregiver to COVID-19

“It’s been a shock when the numbers go up. The number of parents, grandparents – African Americans in general, the loss. It’s a shock to our society because some people just do not believe it. [COVID-19], “Said Moore.

California is among the three states with the highest number of children facing the death of a primary caregiver, the other two states are Texas and New York.

Also noteworthy from the CDC survey is that between 49% and 67% of children who have lost a primary caregiver in California, Texas, and New Mexico were Hispanic.

The losses in California pose a problem that would intensify an already struggling care system.

Sarah Denney is the supervising social worker at Foster Hope Sacramento. She noted a trend need for homes that have the capacity to take three or more siblings, as well as homes that can accommodate teens.

Foster Hope Sacramento told KCRA 3 that all nursing homes in the Sacramento region are struggling to find temporary shelter. The need comes not only from the loss of a family member, but also from emergencies.

“There is still a need for families who have the opportunity to have children placed in their homes in emergencies — very short-term,” Denney said.

Worldwide, an estimated 1.5 million children lost at least one caregiver to COVID-19 during the first 14 months of the pandemic, according to National Institutes of Health.

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