Elks Aidmore

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  • Coronavirus Update

    At the time this was written in early April, we were in the life-threatening grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, with changes and challenges occurring rapidly…it was head-spinning to try and keep up with them all. What was reported by 8am could change by noon. It was one of the rare times in our history when we could not claim “that’s the way we have always done it” because this was a road few of us had ever traveled. By the time this article makes its way to you, we pray we will have courageously united in battling and overcoming this virus and are in the initial stages of recovery to our health and economy.

    As most of you are aware by now, the Golf Fore Kids tournament scheduled for May 1 st was postponed to September 11 th . Our annual Open House scheduled for May 2 nd was cancelled. The meetings of the Elks Aidmore Finance Committee, Executive Committee and Board of Trustees were cancelled and will be rescheduled at a time when it becomes safe for us to meet face-to-face. Our Council on Accreditation site-visit scheduled for April 6-7 has been postponed indefinitely.

    However, because of the nature of our business, life at Elks Aidmore could not stop with the various “shelter-in place” orders. The ways in which we provide services and remain connected have been severely impacted. We are continually monitoring state and national recommendations and modifying our procedures to ensure the safety of our staff, foster parents and the children and youth entrusted to our care. Some of these innovations may become our “best practice” models and remain with us as we return to a new normal of doing business.

    We participate in almost daily conference calls with child welfare advocates, child welfare providers, health industry reps, and legal firms. Together we navigate the new laws under the Family First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), discuss best practices in implementing disaster plans, and explore additional state and federal funding options.

    Vickey Hale, our Chief Operations Officer, ensures our services are being provided in a professional and compassionate manner. Although most of our staff are working remotely, our residential staff are considered essential and emergency responders. They unselfishly show up to work each day, providing a nurturing and stabilizing environment for our young women on the campus. They are as critical to the delivery of our residential services as medical personnel are to hospitals.

    Equally important to the agency operations are our foster parents, who provide services to over 140 children and youth each day. A few have expressed concern over taking new children into their homes, but we have not received one request to move a child already in foster care placement. Even in the healthiest of families, any type of crisis can intensify competing demands, strain marital and parent/child relationships, and present financial hardships.

    Traditionally, we witness a broad spectrum increase in child abuse and neglect when these factors are present. Children who are already in foster care have already been exposed to a myriad of negative environments and situations. Many have been abused and nearly all have experience neglect and abandonment. Not surprisingly, our children and youth are struggling with being quarantined, isolated from school and friends, unable to visit parents and/or relatives. Our foster parents are being challenged in managing work demands while caring for children who will be home from school for the remainder of the school year. We are being increasingly creative in the ways we provide valuable supports to our staff, foster parents and the children and youth in our care.

    Please continue to be in prayer for Aidmore, as we are for all of you, your families and your communities. COVID-19 is hopefully a once in a lifetime event. None of us will have been untouched by the pandemic. May God continue to watch over, guide and bless us all.