By Caitlyn Gudmundsen, Senior Manager Program Development and Outreach
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI), which is deeply committed to ensuring children in Iowa are safe and cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic.
People across the US continue to isolate to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but unfortunately, that isolation puts children in abusive homes at greater risk. Services that prevent abuse and neglect are incredibly important, especially as families are isolating in close quarters under added stress.
Families at risk of abuse or neglect rely on social workers, who typically provide in-home visits. LSI is finding new ways to serve these at-risk families and keep children safe, particularly through digital platforms. Social workers in LSI’s Early Childhood Services are conducting weekly video chats to provide families with tips and resources to address stressors at home to reduce potential abuse. The social workers are also connecting these families with needed resources such as employment assistance and affordable housing.
Thank you to Lutheran Services in Iowa for recognizing the continued needs of families in your community, and rising to address those needs.