Updates and Resources Regarding COVID-19

 

California CASA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will update this page frequently with announcements and resources to help CASA staff and leadership effectively navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We are encouraging all programs and CASA volunteers in California to follow the social distancing recommendations of the California Department of Public Health and their local county health offices. Please contact Jessica Ballenger jballenger@californiacasa.org with any questions about the information listed here or with suggested resources to share with our network.

RESOURCES FOR COUNTY CASA PROGRAMS IN CALIFORNIA

Emergency Grant Opportunities from National CASA (must be logged into the National CASA website to access page).

If your organization or program experiences an emergency due to COVID-19, resulting in the need for financial assistance, please contact Denice Hairston, National Quality & Accountability Officer, describing the situation and inquiring about possible support. EMAIL

California CASA will pay for a one-year Zoom Pro Subscription or the web conferencing system of your choice (up to $250).

You can purchase it through TechSoup.

TechSoup Zoom Pro Subscription. You’ll need to sign up yourself, but if you send us the receipt for the $65 annual cost charged by TechSoup, as well as the $74.95 per host cost charged by Zoom, CA CASA will reimburse you up to $250 per program. If you have already signed up for a subscription to Zoom or another system, send us the receipt and we will also reimburse you. For questions, you can reach out to Joan Reilly (JReilly@californiacasa.org). All receipts should be sent via email to expenses@californiacasa.org.

 

Download Webinar Recording and Materials from March 25, 2020 Webinar: Setting up a Remote Workspace.

Register for March 27, 2020 Webinar 12:00-1:30pm: Managing Remote Teams HR Advice.

Register for March 30, 2020 Webinar 12:00-1:30pm: Managing a Financial Crisis.

Register for April 8, 2020 Webinar 12:00-1:00pm: Public Meetings in a Remote Workspace.

How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus

Voices for Children’s COVID-19 Response

iFoster Membership Page

CALIFORNIA CASA UPDATES 

March 17, 2020

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO, SHARON M. LAWRENCE, ESQ.

Every day, we learn more about the international Coronavirus pandemic and the profound implications it is having – and will have – on our day-to-day lives here in California.  For those of us working on behalf of our state’s children in foster care, we face a mounting challenge to ensure that we are doing all we can for our staff members, for our CASAs, and especially for the children who depend on our volunteers.  First of all, I want to remind you of the importance of taking care of yourself as you are caring for your own family, leading your CASA program, and striving to take care of your staff and volunteers.  Please take time to step outside, take a nature walk, ride a bike, eat well, and get enough sleep!  And, of course, follow all the CDC rules of keeping your hands clean, don’t touch your face, disinfect surfaces, and so forth.  We care about you, and we’re here for you. READ MORE…

CALIFORNIA CASA RESOURCE GUIDE

California CASA has compiled a list of resources to help our network of nonprofit leaders navigate their own efforts to respond to and contain the COVID-19 in their communities, to support their teams, and to lead their organizations. It is not an exhaustive list, as it could never be. Information on COVID-19 and related public health guidance is frequently changing and proliferating online, so it’s vital to stay informed. The first priority should always be to follow the guidance of health officials in each county, as well as the leading state and national/international agencies: the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and WHO: World Health Organization.

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE GUIDE HERE

 

NATIONAL CASA UPDATES

March 19, 2020

A message from Tara Perry, CEO, National CASA/GAL Association for Children

During this time of uncertainty, as we all focus on caring for our families and loved ones, we want you to know that we are thinking of you as well—our friends, supporters and our communities. Nothing is more important to us than your health, safety and well-being. As we all travel through challenging circumstances, please know that we at National CASA/GAL Association for Children are deeply grateful for your support and commitment to children who have experienced abuse or neglect. While details about the outbreak continue to evolve, we at National CASA/GAL, are thinking about you, our volunteers, 950 member programs and most especially the children we all serve.

There is no time more important than now—to stay in touch with children whose well-being we are always concerned about. They need our services even more today. READ MORE…

A Message From National CASA: Support from National CASA/GAL for Online Training & Emergencies – As we continue to monitor the effects of the coronavirus (COVID – 19) and its impact on all of our lives, we have been planning numerous alternative ways we can support you in your service to children and families, as they will continue to need our support, especially during trying times. READ MORE…

A Message From National CASA: regarding the National CASA/GAL Standard (Standards for Local CASA/GAL Programs 2012 version – Standard 7.E.5.f.) for volunteers to visit the child in person with the child once every 30 days at a minimum, please be reminded that the standard also allows for an exception to this practice. READ MORE…