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.
Tailored technical assistance (TA) is available to states that are working with the Children’s Bureau to plan for their NYTD Review on ways to engage young adults (ages 18−25) with current or former foster care experience to participate as a state NYTD Reviewer and in their state’s ongoing NYTD efforts.
This state panel discussion, featuring Florida and New Mexico, discussed alternatives for sharing child welfare and law enforcement data to improve practice. Florida staff described law enforcement involvement in the investigation process as well as automation to support criminal history checks. New Mexico staff described a law enforcement portal, which supports collaborative work with families. Both states discussed lessons learned and the panel concluded with a question and answer session.