This website includes important information under: What You Should Know; Situation Updates; and Information For. Under each tab is information on what you should know about symptoms, how you should reaction, updates on the latest outbreaks and other information and targeted information for communities, schools and other settings.
Johns Hopkins — experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness — has been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19. This website is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policy-makers in order to guide responses, improve care, and save lives.
International information, including the status of each country around the globe.
This provides an overview of the COVID-19 stimulus bill that was passed, and it covers the Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, Uninsured, and Private health care provisions of the bill.
This letter is from Elizabeth Darling, Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, to child welfare professionals and agencies providing general guidance to states on preparation and funding to address COVID-19.
This webpage compiles COVID-19 resources from HHS and the CDC and includes resources regarding children in foster care, foster care providers, the child welfare workforce, and more.
Under limited circumstances, a caseworker and child in foster care can meet over a video call.
The Children’s Bureau provided guidance to child welfare leaders on immediate action to contact all youth in care, or youth formerly in care, to assist with securing housing support due to colleges and universities being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Children’s Bureau provides information on preventative actions and shares links to the CDC’s guidelines on school children and long-term care facilities similar to childcare institutions in which some children in foster care are placed.
In Arizona, the Department of Child Safety (DCS) has developed a webpage to post all DCS-related COVID-19 updates. They include letters to various stakeholders — including parents, caregivers, and providers — guidance for conducting home visits, and more.
In California, the Department of Social Services (CDSS) provides information and guidance to all licensed children’s residential facilities on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in homes and residential communities.
In Florida, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) temporarily closed its storefronts. The Florida DCF Secretary encourages people to use ACCESS Self-Service Portal to apply for benefits, upload documents, and report changes. Dropboxes at storefront locations are also available.
This webpage provides information on the coronavirus outbreak specific to DCS staff, foster parents, and private providers, including guidance for staff and facilities, resources for children, and guidance to private providers from DCS.
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides guidance to childcare providers on protecting and reducing the spread of COVID-19.
The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCTF) provides its statewide plan to address the spread of COVID-19.
This webpage provides a list of resources, information, and opportunities for youth currently or formerly in foster care. If you have an item to add or need emergency assistance, please email email@example.com or call 503-717-1552.
THINK OF US is setting up a command center staffed by youth formerly in foster care and other subject matter experts. There will be a collection and tracking of emergent youth needs as reported by youth, direct service providers, and state/local agencies.
If you are looking for ways to help students who are in foster care or experiencing homelessness, the Juvenile Law Center, The Hope Center, and SchoolHouse Connection have provided specific actions you can take.
The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) compiled a list or resources and information for homelessness service providers and schools for children, youth, and families who are vulnerable or difficult to serve.
This page includes resources from the CDC, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Education, and more. There are guides for service providers on how to plan for and prevent an outbreak in homeless communities.
The CDC has provided advice on how to cope with COVID-19 for parents, responders, and those in quarantine.
The National Association of Social Workers provides resources on topics such as how to help people in special populations, conducting telehealth, and ethical considerations.
With some training courses offered in both English and Spanish, individuals can learn about infection control. There are also webinars offered from March 25 through April 13 that will cover various topics focused on health care providers.
The Washington State Department of Health has provided guidelines on how to keep your family safe and cope with isolation/quarantining. Furthermore, children of different age groups may have different behavioral and emotional responses to the outbreak, and this page shares how to help children cope.
Focus on the Family shares several resources focused on devotionals, parenting, maintaining a marriage, and life. Under the parenting section, you can find activities to do at home and how to explain the outbreak to children.
This collaborative includes a group of early childhood providers, advocacy groups, school districts, and foundations to partner with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) to establish a system of emergency child care health care workers, including critical support staff and emergency first responders:
- Health care providers and staff: Doctors, nurses, and all hospital support personnel, including maintenance and janitorial staff, who are so essential to maintaining our health system.
- Public safety: Police, firefighters, EMT staff.
- Staff supporting populations that are critically at-risk: Long-term care facilities, mental health facilities, and residential facilities subject to available capacity.
The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) developed the fact sheet for policy-makers with recommendations on how to support home-based childcare providers.
This webpage includes resources that the NACC is collecting and sharing to keep the community informed and prepared to safeguard the rights and well-being of young people.
This webpage provides information on the status of COVID-19 in the United States and abroad, the actions states/territories have taken to address the outbreak, and the latest efforts taken by the Federal government.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has put together a list of state actions related to COVID-19. In addition, this webpage is tracking responses from state judicial systems, including information about which state courts are limiting in-person hearings, offering telephonic participation, and more.
Minnesota’s courts will remain open, and child welfare and juvenile justice cases will be handled over video or telephone calls.
This article shares how the New York Administration for Children’s Services requested that all nonprofit foster care agencies submit their emergency plans by March 13th. Major concerns include how to provide childcare support for foster parents and housing stability for youth in foster care whose dorms are closed.
An advocacy group of current and former probation commissioners, Executives Transforming Probation & Parole, gives five steps for corrections departments to downsize and prevent an outbreak of COVID-19.
In this article, the author calls for modernizing juvenile courts to support permanency. Specific recommendations include electronic filing, not requiring hearings if a resolution is made outside of the court, and holding hearings virtually.
This article describes how advocates in Los Angeles want children who are low-risk in probation-run facilities to be released, and for the facilities to provide more free phone calls. Advocates are concerned with the lack of medical preparedness in facilities if an outbreak does occur.
Here, TechSoup shares different communication options that nonprofits can use to collaborate remotely during the outbreak.
CLASP developed the fact sheet detailing the nutrition provisions included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act package.
The Indiana Department of Insurance is addressing concerns that facilities that provide services such as childcare and meals to the community will lose their liability insurance if they remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In partnership with the Overdose Lifeline and the Indiana State Department of Health, the state’s opioid treatment programs will be supplied with lockboxes and naloxone kits to reduce the spread of COVID-19
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has announced that they will be partnering with Indiana’s American Red Cross to provide trainings in Psychological First Aid for health care and social services professionals.
There are several pages of resources, including a summary of H.R. 6201 that was signed into law and revises the Family First Coronavirus Response Act.
The New York Public Library’s website is offering free online tutoring for students, digital research books, and more.