Maddi works full-time in a warehouse picking product to be shipped for GAP while her three little boys try to make sense of the changes in their lives; Sarah is pregnant with her second child and working to meet the needs of vulnerable children in her community; Robyn is a 20-year elementary school teaching veteran learning the new ways of distance learning with her fourth grade class. All three are also moms whose home lives, work lives, and futures have been upended by COVID-19. Find out what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like for Maddi, Sarah, and Robyn in Episode 06 of Pandemic Perspectives.
This episode was recorded on April 30, 2020.
A NOTE ON EPISODES RELEASED DURING COVID-19: Things change so quickly these days–including recommendations for health and safety, as well as our own thoughts and feelings–so you may hear things that feel a bit dated if you’re catching up on older episodes. Just know that we’re experiencing this in real time just like you, and that we’re working hard to follow the latest recommendations for the safety of our families and our communities.
AND ALSO: Our Pandemic Perspective guests are moms just like you, doing their best with the resources they have. Their opinions do not necessarily represent those of the podcast, and the information they offer should not be taken as advice, medical or otherwise.
One Way Moms Can Help
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You don’t have to have any particular education or work background to apply to be a volunteer – just a desire to help out, and empathy, which we know our listeners have so much of. Crisis Text Line provides all the training you’ll need to turn your desire to help into the skills and knowledge you need to make a difference.
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Mentioned In This Episode:
Child welfare attorney Sarah recommends reaching out to the following agencies if you’re interested in helping support at-risk families during this time:
- Your local child welfare agency
- Your local juvenile or family court
- Your local foster parent association
- Your local CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) program
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