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By Katie Albright and Joan Miller

With shelter in place, the daily, protective eyes of teachers, childcare professionals, coaches, and doctors are no longer on the Bay Area’s vulnerable children. This means children could be at greater risk for abuse and neglect. Even in the best of times, parenting is hard. During a crisis, it can be overwhelming. With the added anxiety of loved ones contracting COVID-19, fear of losing jobs and income, inability to pay rent, severed community connections, and the need to survive in small, cramped spaces—family stress and tension can be at an all-time high.

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