December 1, 2021
The variety of U.S. deaths from covid-19 has surpassed 778,000. Left behind are tens of 1000’s of kids — some orphaned — after their mother and father or a grandparent who cared for them died. On this report, co-produced with PBS NewsHour, KHN correspondent Sarah Varney seems on the dangers these grieving kids face to their well-being, each within the quick and long run. No concerted authorities effort exists to assist the estimated 140,000 kids who’ve misplaced a dad or mum — and even to determine them.
Betty Hamilton of Eastman, Georgia, took in her 5 grandsons, ages 4 to 10, after their father died all of the sudden of covid in August. They’d already misplaced their mother in a automobile crash years in the past. With no monetary assist from the federal government, besides meals stamps and Medicaid, she struggles to supply the fundamentals: protecting them fed and clothed as they develop.
However for these children and numerous others, the unaddressed emotional wants appear the best danger. Hectic occasions will be “biologically embedded,” says one skilled, and their unresolved grief and despair can hang-out them for all times, leaving them economically deprived.
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