Foster families will continue to provide care for children in DCF custody throughout the pandemic. They work with the child’s case management agency to determine if visits will be conducted in-person, virtually or a combination. The foster family also follows the guidance from other providers such as therapists, case management, attendant care, etc. to determine if these services will be conducted in-person, virtually, or temporarily suspended until such time when the pandemic is deemed over or the risk has decreased.
Foster families also work with the local school district to determine if the children in their home will be attending school virtually, in-person or hybrid. EmberHope Youthville has offered foster parents PPE to assist with keeping everyone safe. Foster families are responsible for notifying their assigned foster care worker when a child in care or a member of the household has been exposed, in quarantine, or has tested positive for COVID-19. Their assigned foster care worker reports these matters to the appropriate entities upon notification from the foster family.