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Foster parent concerned ahead of new school year

Posted at 5:17 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 20:19:45-04

MONUMENT — Returning to school is on the minds of many families throughout the country.

For Vicky Johnson, she's concerned for her seven children- two of which are in the foster care system.

"They've lost everything already and I just want to see them get the best education that they can get," Johnson said.

Among her children, some of them also have health challenges, and keeping everyone at home for online learning is what makes the most sense for Johnson to keep everyone safe. However, keeping track of all seven kids is something she's hoping to get some help from local school districts.

"I can't homeschool seven kids by myself," Johnson said, "If these kids are struggling emotionally, they can't focus on academics."

The Colorado Department of Education released guidelines this year for foster families during COVID-19 and remote learning. For Johnson, taking in foster children is something that's become a calling for her over the years. She wants to make sure they're in a safe and loving place, but with the added stress of everyone's health amid the pandemic- she feels there could be more resources available for foster and special needs children.