PRECAUTIONS FOR CASAS, STAFF, AND COMMUNITY

To our CASA community,

 

In an effort to reduce exposure to and the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), CASA for Children is taking the following precautionary measures. We will continually assess the situation and keep you informed.​ We appreciate all of our volunteers! We want all of you, and our staff, to stay healthy. Please take the steps you think are necessary to take care of yourself. Our supervisors are here to support you and we encourage you to reach out to them with any questions or concerns.

1.

All CASA staff are working remotely until further notice. CASA volunteers are to communicate with their supervisors via phone and/or email. 

2.

Regularly check your “CASA” email.  Courts are working to reschedule hearings and supervisors are often not included in emails from legal parties. Please forward the court rescheduling emails to your supervisor.

3.

CASA volunteers will not be making home visits or attend meetings until further notice. We encourage communication through email, text, phone calls, Facetime, Skype.

4.

In Multnomah County, most court hearings are being set over to after June 1. Court reports should be completed and distributed as originally planned.

5.

In Washington County, most hearings that are not shelter, permanency or jurisdictional trials are being set over to occur after June 1. Each judge is making determinations on proceedings on a case by case basis. Please check in with your CASA Supervisor, as they will be working with the courts to notify you about that status of your upcoming hearings.

6.

In Columbia County, all hearings are taking place remotely on a case-by-case basis.

7.

We encourage you to take the precautionary measures being recommended by health officials including frequent hand washing, not shaking hands, sneezing or coughing into a tissue and throwing it away, staying home if you think you might be ill, limiting travel, etc.

8.

All training and orientations are on hold until further notice.

9.

DHS will be limiting visits to families and children.  They will also be limiting visits with family members and will update CASA for Children as this situation evolves.

STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE

WE WILL SEE YOU SOON!

COVID'S EFFECT ON CHILD WELFARE

GENERAL COVID RESOURCES

CASA for Children is not a healthcare or medical research organization. Our resources are not exhaustive, but they do aim to provide information to volunteers and our community about how COVID is impacting the lives of children and youth in the foster care system. 

For more detailed information about the coronavirus, please visit the website of your local health department, CDC, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) as noted here. All websites will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus

 

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

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