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.
This letter from the Children’s Bureau notifies child welfare leaders that agencies, under applicable circumstances, can make virtual adaptations to programs and services provided through the title IV-E prevention program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Information Memorandum (IM) shares lessons learned from the pandemic and highlights strategies and opportunities for child and family serving agencies, organizations, and entities to create equitable, proactive, and integrated approaches to support the health and well-being of children and families.
This letter from the Children’s Bureau encourages agencies and courts to continue working together to ensure judicial hearings and reviews proceed and critical judicial oversight occurs in child welfare proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This letter to child welfare leaders from the Children’s Bureau addresses allowing title IV-E prevention programs and services to be adapted to a virtual environment to provide needed support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
This letter to state and tribal child welfare leaders addresses concerns related to filing a petition to terminate parental rights when services have not been available, outlines service delivery strategies, and highlights challenges adoptive families may face during the pandemic.
This Program Instruction (PI) provides guidance to agencies administering title IV-B, subpart 1 of the Act (the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services Program) on the supplemental fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding provided under the CARES Act.
This issue of Child and Family Services Reviews Update contains the following sections: CB Response to COVID-19 Pandemic, CFSR Technical Bulletin #11, Enhancements to the Data Indicator Visualizations, State Data Profiles Released, ACYF-CB-PI-20-02— State Guidance on FY 2021 APSR, Status of Approved PIPs, and PIP Evaluation During Non-Overlapping Data Periods.
This letter, which was jointly issued by the Administration for Children and Families and the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, encourages family support, maternal and child health, and early childhood programs to promote family strengthening and prevention strategies via virtual, electronic, telephonic, or other safe means during the COVID-19 pandemic.