Guidance for Children and Families Involved with the Child Welfare System During the COVID-19 Pandemic
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2020
This guidance is designed to support the continuation and improvement of critical child welfare work as impacted, both short and long-term, by the current public health crisis. The guidance provides considerations and strategies for family serving professionals related to maintenance of safety, permanency, and well-being including preparation for the aftermath of the current crisis. Topics include the expansion of telehealth, new and effective work across disciplines, expanded prevention efforts to help keep families safely together, raising awareness of racial and ethnic inequities that result in Black, Indigenous, and Latinx families’ disproportionate involvement in the child welfare system and system changes to provide families access to needed services that prevent unnecessary foster care and child welfare involvement. The guidance intends to support child welfare systems in devising optimal ways to serve children and families during the pandemic and beyond that affirm the core belief that a stable home and caregiver are important to nurturing a child’s development and preventing trauma that can affect a child across the lifespan.
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