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 pandemic.

Please contact Jessica Ballenger jballenger@californiacasa.org with any questions about the information listed here or with suggested resources to share with our network.

Update May 13, 2020

MESSAGE FROM CHIEF PROGRAM DIRECTOR, TERESA ROMNEY

California CASA cares deeply about the safety of CASA staff and volunteers and the youth they serve throughout our state. Whether they are sheltering in place or moving through the different phases of reopening as outlined by California state guidelines, we hope that all CASA programs take the strictest precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, integrating remote work when possible and having a site-specific plan for offices opening up again that outlines health screening, physical distancing, and disinfecting protocols. We recommend that CASA programs throughout California stay updated on and follow their county guidelines as well as those from the state and we encourage cooperation with local courts and child welfare services in developing best practices. As this is an evolving situation, we would like to emphasize that California CASA is taking a proactive approach to the health and safety of our network and we will strive to be a valuable resource as in person operations open up again.

Please check the California State Government’s specific industry guidance website here for more details: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/

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.

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act

San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Family First CoronaVirus Response Act (FFCRA) poster that will need to be distributed to employees after April 1

FAQ’s about the FFCRA act

FAQ’s about the COV-ID 19 FMLA Expansion

Paycheck Protection Program Info Sheet

Paycheck Protection Program Overview

Nonprofit Resource List From Benefactor Group

Light Gabler California Employment Law Firm

Communicating in a Crisis Toolkit

Fundraising When Donors are Consumed by Nonstop News

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

Download Webinar Recording and Materials from March 27, 2020 Webinar: Managing Remote Teams

Download Webinar Recording and Materials from March 30, 2020 Webinar: Managing a Financial Crisis

Download Webinar Recording and Materials from April 8, 2020 Webinar: CASA University Launch and Onboarding

Download Webinar Recording and Materials for April 9, 2020 CalOES VOCA Guidance Webinar

Download Webinar Recording and Materials for April 17, 2020 CalVCB Fund Webinar

Download Webinar Recording and Materials for May 7, 2020 Cybersecurity Awareness Webinar

Download Webinar Recording and Materials for May 14, 2020 Fundraising for CASA Webinar

Download Webinar Recording and Materials for May 20, 2020 HR Succession Planning Webinar

View National CASA Recording for May 18, 2020 “A Conversation in Reopening” Webinar

View National CASA Materials for May 18, 2020 “A Conversation in Reopening” Webinar

How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus

Voices for Children’s COVID-19 Response

Low or No Cost Technology Options for Virtual Participation and Contact

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Guidelines for Configuring Zoom for Nonprofits

Pandemic EBT/P-EBT Benefits for Children

School Closures and Special Education

Get Up and Moving

Have a Story Read by Your Favorite Celebrity

Mindfulness for Children and Families

Free Online Education: Varsity Tutors

Free Online Education: Khan Academy

Fun Activities for Kids

Learn and Play with PBS Kids

Get Free Internet from Comcast

Free Lunch Program During School Closures

Disney On Stage Fun Home Activities

Lincoln Center at Home

iFoster Membership Page

Free Audible Children’s Stories

Goodnight With Dolly: Dolly Parton Reads to Kids

Harry Potter at Home

NASA Kids’s Club

CALIFORNIA CASA COVID-19 UPDATES 

May 13, 2020

MESSAGE FROM CHIEF PROGRAM DIRECTOR, TERESA ROMNEY

California CASA cares deeply about the safety of CASA staff and volunteers and the youth they serve throughout our state. Whether they are sheltering in place or moving through the different phases of reopening as outlined by California state guidelines, we hope that all CASA programs take the strictest precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, integrating remote work when possible and having a site-specific plan for offices opening up again that outlines health screening, physical distancing, and disinfecting protocols. We recommend that CASA programs throughout California stay updated on and follow their county guidelines as well as those from the state and we encourage cooperation with local courts and child welfare services in developing best practices. As this is an evolving situation, we would like to emphasize that California CASA is taking a proactive approach to the health and safety of our network and we will strive to be a valuable resource as in-person operations open up again.

Please check the California State Government’s specific industry guidance website here for more details: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/

March 25, 2020

MESSAGE FROM CHIEF PROGRAM DIRECTOR, TERESA ROMNEY

I hope this message finds you well and safe.  Thank you for participating in Monday’s Regional Calls.  For those of you who were not able to attend, we will be holding additional calls on an as-needed basis.  As a follow-up to Monday’s calls I’d like to let you know that there are many shared concerns across the network.  Each Region has challenges but, for the most part, the major needs are common. READ MORE…

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

March 9, 2020

MESSAGE FROM CALIFORNIA CASA 

The news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing daily. We know how important it is to have accurate information about this developing story and we appreciate you sharing the precautions you are taking with our network to limit the risk to CASA staff, volunteers, and community members.  We also wanted to share this website for the California Department of Public Health—it includes a number of downloadable documents on a variety of relevant subjects.  Here is an additional link to their latest news releases. Please don’t hesitate to share concerns or questions via the Listserv or directly to me or our CA CASA staff. Thank you for all you are doing for your CASAs and children.

March 5, 2020

MESSAGE FROM CALIFORNIA CASA 

California CASA has been monitoring all the news and information regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, and we know that this will potentially impact all of us.  We would suggest that you each send out an email to your own network of staff and volunteers, reinforcing the importance of taking this epidemic seriously and offering common-sense advice. Contact your local School District and the County/Human Services Agency to learn about their specific plans and guidance. We will continue to update you as the situation develops. Your health and safety, and that of your community’s children and CASAs, are of the utmost important to all of us. Thank you for all you do.

 

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…