As of March 20, 2020, CASA has decided that the restrictions on in-person child and family visits will be extended through April 20, 2020. We will re-evaluate and communicate with our volunteers and community again before that time.
Beginning the week of April 6 CASA will be hosting weekly Zoom calls with volunteers and program staff to answer questions, address concerns, and discuss any urgent caseload matters. Zoom meetings will be held Wednesdays at 3pm for Atlantic County Advocates and Fridays at 3pm for Cape May Advocates. Check your email for meeting details and login information.
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.
Ideas and Resources for Virtual Visits
Independent Study for In-Service Training
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
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 www.nj.gov/health.
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.
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.