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COVID-19 Resource Hub

Youth and families experiencing the child welfare system are uniquely vulnerable to the impact and ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Caregiver health, placement changes, school closures, court delays and more present new and emerging considerations for advocates to swiftly assess and address.  See this message from NACC's Executive Director on our responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.  NACC is collecting and sharing resources here to keep our community informed and prepared to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of young people. Please to share additional resources for posting here.  Thank you!

Federal Communication and Guidance

Child Welfare Policy Manual Revised Q/A 7.3 #8

COVID-19 Resources from the Children's Bureau

March 12, 2020 ACYF Letter

March 12, 2020 Letter from Associate Commissioner Milner

March, 18 2020 Letter from Associate Commissioner Milner


Tip Sheets for Attorneys


Making an Emergency Plan with Transition Age Youth in Foster Care A Checklist for Dependency Attorneys, Youth Providers, and Advocates

The Juvenile Law Center, SchoolHouse Connection, and The Hope Center, on COVID-19 Response for Students Who are Homeless or With Experience in Foster Care


Talking to Youth about COVID-19

CDC Guidance on Talking to Children About COVID-19

Child Mind Institute’s Article on Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

Colorado OCR’s COVID-19 Facts for Kids

NPR’s Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope

Resources for Supporting Children's Emotion Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

UNICEF - How to Talk to your child about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)


Sample COVID-19 Court & Attorney Response Protocols

Note: NACC is not endorsing samples below, but providing a space for information sharing

Colorado Office of the Child Representative’s COVID-19 Guidelines

Louisiana Supreme Court Guidance

Los Angeles Superior Court Juvenile Division COVID-19 Policy

Minnesota Administrative Order

Minnesota Case Priorities List

New Jersey COVID-19 Court Operations

Washington, DC Court Protocols

Washington State Emergency Order_Dependency Court

Washington State Emergency Order_Family Court

Washington King County Court Protocols

Washington King County Step Down Plan (Updated)

World Health Organization - Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak


Sample Pleadings

Sample Motion to Resume Visitation 



Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety

CDC Guidance on Managing Mental Health

Centers for Disease Control Manage Anxiety and Stress, Coronavirus Disease 2019

Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens

7 Science-based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety


Resource Links

ABA MCLE Rules Changes

ABA: Resources for Children’s Lawyers During a National Emergency 

A Guide to Each State's CLE Changes Amid COVID-19

American Academy of Pediatrics 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information

At-Home Education and Learning Resources for Foster Youth During COVID-19 (ABA)

CDC Guidance to Disinfect Your Home

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control Workplace, School, and Home Guidance

Centers for Disease Control Interim Guidance on Congregate Care Facilities

Children's Bureau Disaster Planning for Child Welfare Agencies

Generations United Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Johns Hopkins Medicine Coronavirus Updates

National Center for State Courts Pandemic Webpage

National Juvenile Defender Center Defender App

NJJN: Resources Compiled Regarding COVID-19 and Vulnerable Populations

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019

Prevent Child Abuse America - Coronavirus Resources 

Support Your Youth Advocates During a National Emergency 

Zero to Three's Tips For Families

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