The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Emergency:

Information and assistance
for young people in and from foster care.

While the pandemic is creating chaos for everyone, we recognize how hard the challenges fall on young people who experienced (or are experiencing) foster care, especially for those without family support. We've created this page to provide links to resources, information, and opportunities to find support.

*** This is a growing list that is being updated daily. Please check back often. ***

If you have an item to add or need emergency assistance, please email or call 503-717-1552

Resources for youth & alumni

What We Want You to Know: Recap of the COVID-19 Town Hall for Older Youth

FosterClub's Policy team has three key takeaways from the COVID-19 Town Hall - including what you can do. Read all about it >>>

Foster Youth in Action: Forums

Foster Youth in Action is hosting weekly forums: Tuesdays: FosterPower and Sundays: Restorative & Community Care. Read all about it >>>

U-Haul: Moving Support for Displaced Students

30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities (availability varies by location). Find the location near you and contact by phone to take advantage of the off. See U-Haul Locations >>>

Laptop for Education / Remote Learning: One Simple Wish

One Simple Wish is working to get laptops into the hands of displaced students. Contact them by email at info@onesimplewish.orgThey can also help by connecting you with donors who may be able to fill other small needs. One Simple Wish website >>>

Support for Displaced College Students: Together We Rise

Scroll to the bottom of this page and find a form to submit for support. Together We Rise >>>

Oregon COVID-19 Resources

Oregon Foster Youth Connection has compiled an Oregon specific list of resources including: youth rights, visits with families and caseworkers, ways to address your needs, education, food, housing, health, connection and well-being resources. See more Oregon resources>>> 

Cell Phones: iFoster

Free cell phones that serve as hot spots to foster youth in California and students that identify as homeless. iFoster indicates they may be able to help with phones in other areas, too. Complete this form to request a cell phone >>>

Florida Resources on Finance

Florida's Children First and Florida Youth SHINE created two resources with youth input: Freaked Out about Finances (Surviving Loss of Income)>>>  Re-employment Assistance>>>

Free Legal Answers

Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic from the American Bar Association. Post your legal question to your state's website, and you'll be emailed when their question receives a response. We hear they have MANY attorney volunteers stepping up to respond during the crisis. Go to the Free Legal Answers website >>>

COVID-19 and Family Law Issues

This resource from the American Bar Association includes an overview of which states have issued stay at home orders and resources on co-parenting in a crises and COVID-19 and family law issues.  Go to the COVID-19 & Family Law website >>>

Public Policy / Legislative Action

Message to Child Welfare Leaders from Children's Bureau

3/18/20 A message for Jerry Milner to State/Tribal Child Welfare Leaders. We encourage advocates to review and bring forward in discussions with leaders in your jurisdiction. More >

Message from Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Chairs

3/18/20 A message from the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth to elevate the needs of current and former foster youth. We respectfully request that you include provisions in the next legislative package addressing COVID-19 to provide temporary assistance including support for housing, healthcare, nutrition and other basic needs More >

Resource for Child Welfare Professionals, Foster Parents & Caregivers

COVID-19 Online Training for Foster Parents & Caregivers

Free training for foster parents and supportive adults in child welfare. Learn the basics of COVID-19 and understand how you can support your young people as we navigate this crisis. This module is being updated as resources emerge. Please check back often and look for *New* for additional resources. View training >>>

COVID-19 for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families

Generations United has a webpage for Grandfamilies (kin and relatives). Their FactSheet includes resources on: finding factual, up to date information, practicing excellent hygiene, accessing food and medication, accessing technology, staying connected, talking with kids about coronavirus, managing anxiety and stress/self care, resources and activities for children at home and back-up planning. View the FactSheet >>>

Beyond the Food Pantry: Covid-19 Response for Students Who Are Homeless or With Experience in Foster Care

Guidance from Juvenile Law Center, The Hope Center, and School House Connection. View PDF >