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Spencer Tritt

As students begin returning in-person, one of the biggest challenges they face beyond academics is COVID-19 trauma. Yasmina Sefiane is used to talking about the significant impact trauma can take on students and their learning. She’s the program director at the NIU Center for Child Welfare & Education.

She also helps run the Educational Access Project. They have advisors across every corner of Illinois helping break down the barriers youth in foster care face to succeed in school.

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Most children are safe at home with their families during the COVID-19 crisis. But some children may not have this luxury. One family service agency is ensuring normalcy for the children who are in foster care.

Noelle Schamberger is the foster care program manager at Children’s Home & Aid. She said staff are doing home visits but they are limited.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order banning the state from calling children under its care wards and instead instructing they be called "youth in care."

Rauner signed the order Friday afternoon at the Illinois State Fair. It says the change is necessary because referring to foster children as wards make them "feel they are part of a bureaucracy instead of a family."

It states that the way children are treated and labeled "has a substantial effect on their self-confidence and their trust in those they rely on."

The Department of Children and Family Services is sounding warnings it will cut services that keep kids from having to go into foster care as a consequence of an $85 million budget cut.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he's unhappy with the cuts, and hinted that he'll do something to try to prevent them when he acts on the budget later this month.