Coronavirus and Foster Care: A Growing Collection of Resources for the Faith Community

As we all adjust to the new normal both at home and in our work, we wanted to create a central place to collect information that might be helpful to you as you advocate for children and families in your community.  We will update and add as we learn more. You might consider bookmarking this page and checking back every few days. If you have suggestions for additional resources or articles to be added, please email them to FosterMovement@cafo.org.

Free Webinars to Help You Help Others

The webinar series is now complete. Webinar recordings will be available Monday, March 30th.

Abundance: The Spiritual Practice of Fundraising in Times of Uncertainty

Overcoming Anxiety in the Era of Coronavirus

Church Support for Adoptive and Foster Families and Youth Amidst Coronavirus

Working Effectively From Home Amidst Coronavirus

Resources Available to Youth and Families

Chosen Parent-to-Parent Free online support groups

Sheltering in place? Quarantined? Stuck at home? If you are looking for some help to know how to survive this challenging time with kiddos from hard places, join any of our complimentary support groups. We are offering three weekly support groups live each with a ten-minute time of trauma-informed education. The remainder of the hour will be to ask questions of our seasoned staff and to provide support to each other, parent to parent.  To learn more CLICK HERE.

Resources for Foster Youth

FosterClub has created a list of resources available for foster youth affected by the coronavirus crisis and is updating it regularly.  The list includes access for foster youth to laptops, cellphones, and moving services. LEARN MORE 

National News Regarding Coronavirus and Foster Care

State-by-State News Regarding Cornavirus and Foster Care

The following is a list of state-based articles about the impact of coronavirus on foster care as they become available.  If you find a news article for your state not listed that we should consider adding, please email the link to FosterMovement@cafo.org.

Arizona 

Here’s how you can help during the COVID-19 Crisis

California

 After A Week of Coronavirus Confusion Foster Families get some Guidance 

L.A. Child Welfare Social Workers Conducting Home Visits without Protection Against Coronavirus

Connecticut

Connecticut’s most vulnerable children even more at risk during coronavirus crisis

Illinois

COVID-19 response causes delay in DCFS YouthCare program launch

Kentucky

Kentucky is limiting in-person child abuse investigations because of the coronavirus

Organization that works with foster kids facing new challenges due to COVID-19

Massachusetts

DCF is Restricting, Not Halting, Home Visits Because of COVID 19

Michigan

COVID-19 pandemic creates a shortage of foster parents

Missouri

St. Louis-Area Foster Care Adapts To Coronavirus

Minnesota

COVID-19 spread affecting adoption agencies in Minnesota

Montana

Churches and non-profits team up to help Great Falls during COVID-19 outbreak

New Mexico

Foster parents, biological parents and kids face new challenges amid state’s response to COVID-19 outbreak 

North Carolina

Local Family Service Agency utilizes technology to keep children and families safe during COVID-19 Pandemic

New York

New York City Foster Care Rushes to Prepare for Coronavirus 

New Jersey 

Just Who is Essential in NJ’s COVID-19 Battle?

New Mexico 

CYFD Steps Up COVID-19 Precautions Across All Divisions

Ohio 

Foster care children at risk during COVID-19 pandemic

Oregon

How COVID-19 could be isolating foster kids

My NeighbOR helps Oregon foster families during coronavirus pandemic

Pennsylvania 

Foster Kids Left in Limbo during Coronavirus Lockdown 

Texas

Coronavirus in Austin: DFPS, foster care groups brace for impact

CASA of the Sabine Neches Region issues a Call to Arms for volunteers in response to the predicted impact of COVID-19

Tennessee

Coronavirus creating challenges for East TN foster and adoption agencies

Washington

Organization that supports foster kids needs your help during COVID-19 closures

Treehouse Adapting to Serve Students in Foster Care Statewide During COVID-19 Crisis

Wisconsin

Foster-care help needed before and after COVID-19 outbreak