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Coronavirus Updates

We will use this page to keep you up to date with reputable resources and any best practice recommendations or policy updates.

Center Webinar Recording:
Practical Guidance for Navigating COVID-19 (Recording and Q&A from Dr. Anna Armstrong, 3-24-20)

Resources for Virus Updates

Coronavirus.gov (From the White House, Dept of Health and Human Services and the CDC)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information, Latest Updates & Other Resources (Centers for Disease Control)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources (Nat'l Alliance on Mental Health)

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

Coronavirus Resource Center (John Hopkins University & Medicine)

Florida Courts Updates

Florida DCF COVID-19 Updates

Florida Dept of Education Updates

Florida Dept of Health - COVID-19

The Joint Commission

World Health Organization - Coronavirus

Program Guidance and Updates

Office of Child Welfare (OCW) Policy and Practice Documentation of Virtual Contact (8/12/20)

OCW COVID‐19 Guidance: Required Use of Personal Protective Equipment for DCF Frontline Team Members (7/21/20)

OCW COVID‐19 Guidance for Frontline Team Members (7/21/20)

COVID-19 Mandatory Reporting in FL (OCW)

COVID-19 Mandatory Reporting for Educators (OCW)

COVID-19 Mandatory Reporting for Parents & Caregivers (OCW)

ACF and HRSA Joint Letter_Family Strengthening and Virtual Primary Prevention (5/28/20)

OCW Guidance for COVID-19: Guidance for CPI and API Frontline Team Members (3/23/20)

OWC Guidance for COVID-19: Methods for 30-Day Visits for Children, Youth, Young Adults Placed In-State Care (3/23/20)

Emergency Order Visitation Limits at Residential, Skilled Nursing and Long-term Care Facilities

Florida Coalition for Children COVID-19 Response

Medicaid Coverage of Services During the State of Emergency Related to COVID-19

ACF and HRSA Joint Letter_Family Strengthening and Virtual Primary Prevention (5/28/20)

Information for Transition Age Youth and Supporters: Resources from Florida's Children First and Florida Youth SHINE

COVID 19 Health Care: Q and A for Former Foster Youth (June 2020)

Economic Stimulus Payment Tip Sheet (April 2020)

Income Tax Tip Sheet

Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Insurance) (4/15/20)

Freaked about Finances Tip Sheet (3/26/20)

Responding to COVID-19: How You Can Support Youth and Young Adults in Florida Who Have Experienced Child Welfare or Homelessness

Practice Information for Working with Children and Families

NEW Kids, Families and COVID-19: Pandemic Pain Points and the Urgent Need to Respond (ACEF, December 2020)

Reopening Florida’s Schools and the CARES Act (FDOE)

Fostering Inequity: How COVID-19 Amplifies Dangers For LGBTQ+ Youth in Care

Supporting Kinship Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond (Center for the Study of Social Policy)

Supporting Clients in Under-resourced Communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic (ChildTrends)

On Demand Video - Adapting Practice During a Public Health Crisis: Guidelines for Public Child Welfare: Intake/Hotline Assessment and Pre-Commencement

Action for Child Protection COVID Statement (Includes link to register for Virtual Learning Opportunities)

Action for Child Protection Guidelines for Onging Safety Management: Maintaining Sufficient Surveillance and Support Webinar Overview (Includes the following resources: Adapting Practice During a Public Health Crisis: Guidelines for Public Child Welfare, Tips for Conducting Virtual Contact with Placement Providers,Caseworker Tips for Conducting Virtual Home Assessments & Tips for Preparing for a Professional Virtual Child Welfare Contact)

Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic (ChildTrends)

Protection of Children during the Coronavirus Pandemic

ACF Update on Policy Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy - Resources for Coping with the Coronavirus

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Program Guidance

Child Welfare Safety Assessment and Planning During COVID-19 and Physical Distancing (National Council on Crime & Deliquency)

Coronavirus- What Child Welfare Systems Need to Think About (Chronicals of Social Change)

How to Protect and Care for Your Family (HealthyChildren.org)

How to Talk to Children About Coronavirus (COVID-19) Video (Child Mind Institute)

National Association of Counsel for Children

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus (NCTSN)

Social Work Professional Organization Information (Resources from social work professional organizations to help you navigate social work practice during the COVID-19 pandemic)

Successful Video Visits With Young Children (National Council on Crime & Deliquency)

Summer Break Spot (Free Meals for Kids and Teens - Florida

Surviving COVID-19: A #RealCollege Guide for Students (Hope4College.com, 3/23/20)

Youth Law Center - COVID19 Updates

Tips for Families: Coronavirus (Zero to Three)

General Precautions and Health Safety

CDC’s Recommendations for Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Florida

Cleaning and Disenfecting Recommendations (CDC)

Guidelines for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (OSHA.gov)

Joint Commission Statement on Use of Face Masks Brought From Home (Jointcommission.org)

Keeping the Workplace Safe (CDC)

Tip Sheet: Working From Home

Tip Sheet for Child Welfare Workers: Helping Parents, Caregivers and Children during COVID-19

Resources and Activities for Children & Families at Home

Guide to Staying Virtually Connected During COVID-19

Educational Resources for Children at Home due to COVID-19

250+ Creative Ways to Keep Children Busy During the COVID-19 Crisis

Simple Activites for Children and Adolescents (NCTSN)

List of Florida School Districts and Links to their website