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June 18, 2020: We anticipate new guidance from the DCF Commissioner regarding in-person visits and re-opening plans in the next couple of days, We are preparing the following,  Volunteers can begin in-person social distancing visits with children Monday, June 22nd  Any advocate, who wants to have in-person social distance visits, must read and sign the Advocate Checklist for Visits form (click button below) prior to going out on a visit We realize that not everyone is comfortable resuming in-person visits at this time. We respect that this is an individual decision. If you are not comfortable, please continue to make every effort to “see” your CASA children through virtual means. We have face masks available for any volunteer who needs one. Please reach out If you have any questions or concerns.

As of April 17, 2020, CASA has decided that the restrictions on in-person child and family visits will remain in place pending further order from Governor Murphy. We will re-evaluate and communicate with everyone again as the situation changes.

Discussing the COVID-19 virus with your children can help comfort and reassure them during this time. The following resources provide more information on how to navigate the conversation and answer their questions.

- Guidelines for CASA Volunteers During COVID-19

Supporting Children’s Health During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

- Helping Children Understand COVID-19 (graphic)

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children  

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child  

Coronavirus, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: A Running Thread

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Emergency: Information and assistance for young people in and from foster care.

Coronavirus Is Isolating Some Kids In Protective Care From Parents And Services

Social work from a social distance: Coronavirus forces U.S. child advocates to adapt

Mental Health and Coping During a Pandemic

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Protecting children and families during the COVID-19 crisis


Ideas and Resources for Virtual Visits

Scholastic Book Company offers learning at home, by age group 

XO-LP is providing free coloring sheets 

Tips for Video Chatting with Young Children – Staying Connected While Far Apart

For parents suddenly teaching their kids, virtual field trips are a delightful lesson

Travel The World From Your Couch With These Virtual Field Trips

From Local Zoos to the Louvre, These Virtual Field Trips Are Fun For the Whole Family

Teachers Share Their Favorite Free Learning Websites And Apps For Kids

- 49 Free Educational Websites Parents Can Access While Schools Are Closed

- More Coloring Pages


Resources for Older Youth

COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families

Housing Support

Low or No Cost Technology Options for Virtual Participation and Contact

Making an Emergency Plan with Transition Age Youth in Foster Care

Supporting Adolescents and Young Adults in Foster Care During the COVID 19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Response for Students Who are Homeless or With Experience in Foster Care

Additional Resources for Older Youth During COVID-19

Independent Study for In-Service Training

Traliant Online Training – NEW Courses Now Available!
Have you checked out all of the new online training courses that CASA of New Jersey has launched for CASA Volunteer Advocates? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? The one-hour online training opportunity is a great way to enhance your advocacy and reach the goal of 12 hours of in-service training annually. This training does not have to be completed in one session and you can logout and resume at your convenience. Please ask your Program Coordinator for login information.

Featured Books: 
To the End of June, by Chris Beam – 4 hours of in-service
Another Place at the Table, by Kathy Harrison - 4 hours of in-service

Featured Movies: 
Foster - 1:30 hours in-service
My Flesh and Blood - 2 hours of in-service

Resources for Health, Mental Health, Domestic Violence and Child Welfare

NJ Child Abuse Hotline: Be alert and keep an eye out for signs of abuse and neglect, even more than usual, because abuse and neglect have been shown to increase during times of crisis/natural disasters. If you suspect child abuse and/or neglect, call the NJ Child Abuse Hotline at 1-877-NJ ABUSE as soon as possible and alert your Program Coordinator. 

New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline: Can be reached at 1 (800) 572-SAFE (7233) 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline provides confidential access to domestic violence information and services, including crisis intervention, referral, and advocacy.  Bilingual and accessible to the deaf and hearing impaired.

New Jersey Department of Health - Learn what precautions you can take about the Coronavirus. Call the NJ Coronavirus & Poison Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if using an out-of-state phone line. Trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer your call 24/7 or visit

Mobile Response and Stabilization Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help children and youth who are experiencing emotional or behavioral crises. The services help defuse an immediate crisis, keep children and their families safe, and maintain the children in their own homes or current living situation. To access services call 1-877- 652-7624.

Free mental health apps

The Crisis Kit by Positive Psychology

Additional Community Resources

Keep America Connected: Companies including Verizon, Comcast, and Altice have pledged to keep internet online for customers who cannot pay their internet bills, as well as waive late billing fees and open Wi-Fi hot spots. More information here.

Free and Reduced Meal Services: Most school districts are providing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch packs to students that are eligible for free and reduced lunch. You can find specific and up-to-date information on distribution dates and times on each district’s website. Atlantic County School Districts or Cape May County School Districts.

Housing and Rental Assistance and Mortgage Relief is Available to New Jerseyans

Norton (anti-virus company) is offering Norton Family product free for six months. Must sign up for the offer by May 31. 

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