Executive Summary: All County Letter No 20-33.
California. Department of Social Services.
Published: March 31, 2020
California Department of Social Services
744 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Intended for all counties in California, this letter provides placement preservation and emergency planning guidance to county and tribal child welfare agencies, probation departments, and children’s residential programs and service providers regarding the care of children, nonminor dependents, and families who are exposed to, present symptoms of, or test positive for, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Links are included to resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the COVID-19 pandemic and communication materials for talking with children about COVID-19. Additional information is provided on complying with the Indian Child Welfare Act and developing or modifying interim inter-governmental protocols surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance is then offered that explains children who have exposure to, or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 should be cared for in a way that is consistent with the current, available public health and medical guidance provided to all families; children should be cared for at home, taking recommended precautions; children who are experiencing mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19, should not be relocated or issued a 14-day notice during the pandemic; and the fact that a child has been exposed to COVID-10 or tests positive for COVID-19 is not in and of itself a reason for placing a child in group care. Additional guidelines are provided for isolation, quarantine, and care for children who have symptoms of COVID-19, including guidelines specific to a congregate care children’s residential care setting and guidelines specific to county agency emergency contingency planning. A checklist for placement preservation decision-making is included.
foster children; foster care; residential care institutions; COVID-19; California; county agencies; tribal social services; child placement; placement stability; group homes; state disaster response; ICWA