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  • COVID-19 Resources

    As our partners at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continue to work closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners across the globe to respond to contain COVID-19, we want to inform you that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at HHS continues to provide updates and guidance from medical professionals about how to protect you and those you serve from COVID-19.
  • Child Welfare Worker Safety in the time of COVID:

    The Children’s Bureau partnered the CDC to conduct a webinar on Child Welfare Worker Safety in the time of COVID: CDC Recommendations for In-Person Interactions with Families. The purpose of this webinar was to review relevant guidance and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 while conducting in-person interactions with children and families. Participants also heard how these recommendations are being implemented in practice in Massachusetts.
  • HHS Division Updates on COVID-19

    This letter includes general preparation information, funding to states to mitigate COVID-19, guidance to prepare homeless shelters, and more.
  • Letter to Governors Regarding Personal Protective Equipment for Child Welfare Workers

    This letter from the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urges state Governors to classify child welfare workers and service providers as level 1 emergency responders to allow them greater access to personal protective equipment.
  • Housing Support When Universities, Colleges Close Due to COVID-19

    This letter notes that agencies should also be prepared to offer youth assistance with food, health care, and emotional support.
  • New Guidance on Caseworker Visits via Videoconferencing

    This letter outlines new policy changes to allow videoconferencing for monthly caseworker visits due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to changes related to program improvement plans, title IV-E reviews, and more
  • Guidance on Flexible Convening of Court Hearings During COVID-19

    This letter urges attorneys, courts, Court Improvement Programs, and administrative offices of the courts to work together to ensure that requisite judicial proceedings continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Updates to Formula Grant Opportunities Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

    This letter outlines changes to two formula grant opportunities: extending the application deadline for kinship navigator program funding and eliminating the application requirement for Family First Prevention Services Act Transition Grants. These changes are intended to ease administrative burdens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Virtual Visitation Resources

    This document lists resources on the use of virtual visitations in child welfare and other fields.
  • A Joint Statement on Child Welfare Courts During a Public Health Crisis: Access to Justice and Advocacy Are Critical Anchors During Uncertain Times

    This joint statement by several legal organizations describes ways in which the court system can support families involved with child welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic, including ensuring access to due process and counsel and promoting family time, case review, and the role of court leadership.

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