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Course Summary

This course began out of the necessity to address the evolving COVID-19 crisis in 2020. Over the following 2+ years, much has changed with respect to this pandemic, and still today we are experiencing the ever-changing aspects–mentally, socially, and physically. We created this follow-up module to our initial 2020 "Responding to COVID-19" module to reflect resources relevant and current to the 2023 face of COVID-19, and the specifically its impact on children and youth in and from foster care, and their families.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

Step 1

Please visit the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) regularly updated website about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, in particular:

Step 2

While your parental instincts might make you want to shield children and youth from the news about COVID-19, it is best to talk to your young people, in an age appropriate manner.

Key Ideas:

  • Don't be afraid to talk about it

  • Answer questions and be factual 

  • Try to find your own sense of calmness in these conversations

  • Try to stick a routine, even if it is a new routine

Step 3

Support and Connections

It may feel like COVID-19 has slowed down, yet the impact is still very real across the country.  Consider reaching out to older youth previously in your care. They may have left your house 6 months ago or 6 years ago--they could still benefit from being checked on. Even though it may seem as though the worst of the pandemic is over, young people, especially those in and from foster care, are still dealing with repercussions and the long-lasting impact of experiencing a world-wide pandemic.  Some may still be struggling with unemployment, social connections, or stability, and may benefit from a familiar, trusted adult reaching out with care.  During crisis times, making sure you are in regular communication may make all the difference for young people previously in your care. 

  • See our blog about how to send emergency cash


Visitation & Family Connections

Although many visitations may have returned to in-person, we can learn lessons from using virtual tools to stay connected with loved ones. If you can facilitate online visits between young people and their families, especially when in-person visits may not be possible or may not be to the desired frequency, children and young people will benefit from maintaining healthy and safe connections with family. Discuss how young people may be worried about the health and safety of their family members, especially during challenging times. Talking to them - and even better, seeing them - can make it easier

  • Virtual visits: Whether you use Google Hangouts, Zoom, FaceTime, or other virtual calling platforms, connecting young people with family in this way can keep families connected during challenging times. Here are 5 tips for video chats.
  • Phone calls: if possible/allowable, increasing the number of calls is really important, especially during times of stress and worry.
  • Sharing audio files: if a parent can create an audio file and send it to you, playing that might bring some comfort.
  • For more information, see Chronicle of Social Change’s article about family visits.

Step 4

Review the American Academy of Pedeatrics’s page “Guidance for Children and Families Involved with the Child Welfare System During the COVID-19 Pandemic” (updated in summer 2022), for information about special considerations for those involved with child welfare during the pandemic.

Step 5

*Optional: reivew this list for more COVID-19 related resources

Step 6

Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:

How are you maintaining awareness of the impact of COVID-19 with children and youth in your care? What changes are you seeing since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020?

Step 7

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Course Discussion

Trinadave74's picture

Trinadave74 said:

I teach the kids how to properly wash hands every time, encourage not touching their faces and we stay home when ill.
tia_coles's picture

tia_coles said:

I am maintaining awareness by using masks in closed areas. Frequently using hand sanitizer and washing hands. And being informed on information about Covid 19.
Jeanne's picture

Jeanne said:

It is good to have open discussions withall the Family about their concerns and a place to go to for information
Rfarley's picture

Rfarley said:

hand-washing, not sharing food or drinks, staying home when ill.
afarley's picture

afarley said:

We are continuing to press the fact to wash hands as often as possible. We stay home and isolate away from other family members if sick. We still utilize 6 feet away when possible in public.
Beto14's picture

Beto14 said:

still use hand sanitizer and face masks. still try to avoid large crowds when possible. stay up to date with what is going on in the world, it will help keep you and others safe.
Epowell69's picture

Epowell69 said:

Hello. With society today awareness is all around you. I try to make sure my kids pay attentions and their love for daily news keeps us all up to date. One change that I notice is people are starting to not wear mask. People are also more involved an educated on the movement as a whole.
jerry83joyner's picture

jerry83joyner said:

To be aware of: 1. Case spikes 2. Watching for symptoms in yourself and others 3. Use distancing and PPE when your COVID safety is in question.
Jazzy0722's picture

Jazzy0722 said:

By providing the information and continuing to lead by experience.
jamiejoyner's picture

jamiejoyner said:

It is important to stay updated and aware of what is going on in the world.