A startling document came on the fb groups today allegedly stating that, “Effective 4/22/20, if in the course of an assessment a caseworker or supervisor makes the determination that a child will enter substitute care because their caregiver is infected with COVID-19, the caseworker or supervisor will need to select a newly created case note value for tracking these specific entries.
The category is, “Other Note” and the type of the new value is, “Caregiver with C19,” as displayed in the screenshot below.”
“Again, this value is to be used only when the determination has been made that the child will be entering or has entered substitute care because their caregiver is infected with COVID-19 and is unable to support them. If that determination has been made, it is critical to make this selection for tracking purposes.”
This raises so many questions. Let’s say you are a single parent. You get hospitalized. DHS steps in and takes your child. What happens next? If you die then obviously the child is in the state’s care but what if you recover?
In Florida, a doctor fighting the pandemic lost her child to protective services because she was being exposed to the virus daily in a valiant effort to fight the pandemic. She eventually got her daughter back (for now) BUT she had to fight the courts! “The decision came four days after Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Bernard Shapiro, in a decision that outraged some members of the medical community, ruled that the child was at heightened risk of contracting the highly contagious virus because of her mother’s work.”
“The legal battle is not over, but the appellate court’s decision means the mother’s “time sharing will be temporarily restored effective immediately,” her lawyer, Steven Nullman, wrote in a statement … While we are beyond grateful for today’s ruling, we know that this matter is far from over. We will continue to work diligently for Dr. Greene, her daughter and all the other first responders and medical professionals,”
While overwhelmed, the DHS in Oregon has told me through a friend of a person inside that this is not what the DHS is up to. This matter really is for the child in case the parent dies from the virus and there is no one else to take care of them. The tracking would be to measure the impact of cases. Fair enough.
But, what can happen to an overwhelmed staff with high cases, and a power structure based politically on the crisis for any gain of power, could do to a poor family in a stand off with the state? We have read reports that hospitals get paid more for COVID cases. Is there a loophole where DHS would get funding for fostering COVID affected children? If there was, wouldn’t that make a mess for Oregonian families!