The COVID-19 pandemic has forced departments of social services and foster care programs across the nation to adapt. But for many children and youth, who rely on stability, there is still a lot of disruption, experts say.
Before the pandemic, the process of adopting a child took six to nine months. But now, it may take up to a year, according to Stephanie King, program manager for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s therapeutic foster program in Baltimore.
Anne Arundel County’s SCPA is working to make more room for Hurricane Matthew rescue dogs. The shelter had already taken in seven hurricane rescues from South Carolina, but now regions of the state with unexpected flooding are turning to Maryland for help.
The recognition of same-sex marriage in Maryland sheds light on the checkerboard of marriage laws across the nation, which poses a threat to the legal parentage for married couples that leave their state lines.
More than 20 different rescue groups and shelters from across the Mid-Atlantic region went looking for love last Saturday, attending the fifth annual, “Camp Bow Wow Cupids and Canine’s Adopt-a-thon” to match needy pets with potential owners.