Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information, News, & Resources
for Child Welfare Professionals and Others

A Message on COVID-19 from CWLA:

When CWLA was founded 100 years ago, our focus was on issues that impacted the survival of children. One hundred years later, we are in an unprecedented situation with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting our communities and threatening the health, safety, and well-being of children, youth, and families, and the workforce that serves them.  We once again take up the mantle to support you as you navigate the critical waters of not only addressing the health, safety, and well-being of your children, families, and communities, but of those who work with them.

We have created this webpage to share tips, sample policies and protocols, and resources that we have been collecting. As we have been hearing your concerns, we have been raising them on Capitol Hill and advocating for what is needed to support your work during this unprecedented time. There is no roadmap to follow, but we do know that supporting each other and sharing what we know, what has been tried, and what is working are the things that will help us make it through.

Visit CDC.gov for the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please feel free to email covid19@cwla.org to ask questions, communicate challenges that you might be experiencing, and share additional resources for posting here.

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of children, families, and communities.

Sincerely,

Christine James-Brown
CWLA President and CEO

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Overview

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Cornavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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 Coronavirus Resource Center

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.

World Health Organization: Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Situation

International information, including the status of each country around the globe.

White House, Congressional, and Federal Responses

President Declares National Emergency, Paving the Way for New Authorities Under Section 1135 and Other Assistance

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.

March 12, 2020 ACYF Letter

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.

Children’s Bureau COVID-19 Resource Webpage

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.

Child Welfare Policy Manual Revised Q/A 7.3 #8

Under limited circumstances, a caseworker and child in foster care can meet over a video call.

March 12, 2020 Letter from Associate Commissioner Milner

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.

Child Welfare Agencies’ and Courts’ Responses

A Message on COVID-19 from the Children’s Bureau

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.

Arizona’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

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.

California’s Coronavirus Information and Guidelines for Children’s Residential Facilities

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.

Florida’s Child Welfare Agency Safeguards Clients and Employees by Closing Storefronts

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.

Tennessee DCS Guidance on COVID-19

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.

March 18, 2020 Letter to Childcare Providers

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides guidance to childcare providers on protecting and reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Washington’s child welfare response

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCTF) provides its statewide plan to address the spread of COVID-19.

Childcare Resources & Recommendations

Parent and Caretaker Resources and Recommendations

School Resources & Recommendations

Guidance for Youth and Homeless Populations

FosterClub C19

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 help@fosterclub.com or call 503-717-1552.

Supporting Child Welfare’s Systematic Response to COVID-19

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.

Beyond the Food Pantry: COVID-19 Response for Students Who are Homeless or With Experience in Foster Care

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.

COVID-19 Resources for Youth Homelessness Providers

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Homelessness Services

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.

Resources for Social Workers and Parents

Stress and Coping During Pandemic

The CDC has provided advice on how to cope with COVID-19 for parents, responders, and those in quarantine.

Social Workers and COVID-19

The National Association of Social Workers provides resources on topics such as how to help people in special populations, conducting telehealth, and ethical considerations.

Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza: Free Online Training & Resources

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.

Parent and Caretaker Resources and Recommendations

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.

Help for Families During the Covid-19 Crisis

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.

Resources for Childcare Providers

Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative

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.

Supporting Home-Based Childcare Providers During the Coronavirus Crisis

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) developed the fact sheet for policy-makers with recommendations on how to support home-based childcare providers.

National Organizations’ Response

National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) COVID-19 Resource Hub

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.

National Governor’s Association (NGA) COVID-19 Webpage

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.

State Action on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

News Articles

Minnesota’s Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Courts Will Stay Open

Minnesota’s courts will remain open, and child welfare and juvenile justice cases will be handled over video or telephone calls.

New York City Foster Care Rushes to Prepare for Coronavirus

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.

Justice Experts Appeal for Smaller Probation Footprint During Pandemic

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.

A Crisis Reveals the Need to Modernize Juvenile Courts

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.

L.A.’s Probation Offices Close as Advocates Urge Department to Lower Use of Lockup

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.

Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Here, TechSoup shares different communication options that nonprofits can use to collaborate remotely during the outbreak.

Additional Resources

Ensuring Young Children Have Healthy Meals During the Coronavirus Pandemic

CLASP developed the fact sheet detailing the nutrition provisions included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act package.

Indiana’s Liability Insurance for Childcare Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

Indiana to Allow Opioid Treatment Programs the Use of Lockboxes; Provide Naloxone to Help Reduce Spread of COVID-19

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

Indiana to offer Psychological First Aid Training in Response to COVID-19 Epidemic

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.

Manatt Introduces a New One-Stop Resource for COVID-19 Updates, Information and Analyses

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 Connections

The New York Public Library’s website is offering free online tutoring for students, digital research books, and more.

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