Foster care advocates in Georgia worry that child neglect and abuse are going unreported as families stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.
But Bob Bruder-Mattson, president and CEO of FaithBridge Foster Care in Alpharetta, says his agency has seen a big jump in those who are using its online training program to become foster parents.
“We’re believing that when school does resume, and when people that are seeing these kids that are not their parents, other adults are seeing them, that we’re going to start to hear more cases of abuse and neglect,” says Bruder-Mattson.
He said 124 people have signed up for FaithBridge’s online training sessions over the past two months. That compares to just 47 during the same period last year.
“I think that the community is responding in a really positive way to what’s happening here,” says Bruder-Mattson. “People want to give back and reach out. We’re just excited to be part of that, and we’re just grateful for this increase in families that have stepped up.”