Fostering changes amid COVID-19

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HARLINGEN, Texas — Child protective services are doing everything they can to get kids adopted in the midst of the pandemic.

Alexandra Hernandez is the adoption supervisor for child protective services in the Rio Grande Valley.

She says during this time their methods have changed, but the work has not.

“When our kids are ready to meet their forever family we like it for it to be in person. But we can’t do that, but families are very understanding. We’ve been trying to do it via Skype, Google things like that trying to get creative,” Hernandez explained during a Facetime interview with CBS 4.

One of the modifications is virtual court hearings.

Instead of meeting at the court house, the child, potential family, and judge meet online.

“We’re doing the best that we can. We’re doing selection staffing for the children, we’re still proceeding whenever the court is able to find us a time slot, we try to coordinate get that court hearing going, we’re still working,” she explained.”The courts are being very flexible with us and they’re trying to find the best to accommodate of course not only our court hearings but also every other they have to handle.”

She says so far these hearings have been receiving positive feedback from families and courts.

Despite the pandemic she says work continues as normal.

She hopes more parents continue to show interest in their programs offered.

Anything necessary in order to provide these children a permanent family.

The first virtual adoption hearing in the Rio Grande Valley will take place next Thursday.

For more information you can head on over to their website : http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Application/TARE/Home.aspx/Default

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