As the war in Ukraine continues, major news outlets have begun highlighting the individuals and families impacted, both those remaining in Ukraine and those who have fled. Every story is heartbreaking and harrowing, like the story last week in which CNN interviewed foster parents. The article served not only as a reminder of the weight many adults and guardians carry through this war but also an indication of how the trauma of war may be compounded by the trauma youth in foster care have already endured.
Throughout COVID-19, many have pointed out the stark impact the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have had on youth in foster care. Their mental health, physical health, education, financial security and overall well being have suffered. They continue to suffer. For the young people in foster care, as well as those no longer in care, in Ukraine, they now also face an unimaginable hardship.
There is no way for us to erase the pain these young people have faced and continue to face right now. But we can remember they are there, and through the war as well as the recovery afterward, we can find ways to support.
If you are looking for ways to aid the people of Ukraine now, we encourage you to find a trusted and respected organization, such as the World Central Kitchen, for your donation.