COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS
After much discussion, the staff and board at CASA-Voices for Children has decided to implement certain precautions regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak and concerns regarding this virus. We wanted to be overly cautious as we work with and serve a specific demographic and do not want to put anyone at an unnecessary risk.
Above all, we are committed to the health and wellness of our children, foster/bio families, advocates, volunteers, staff and community.
Please see below for the safety policies we will be putting into place. We will be constantly monitoring and assessing the situation as we receive more information and recommendations.
CASA-VFC staff will be returning to the office for work, but our office will remain closed to the public. If there is an urgent need that cannot be met remotely, then we will be available by appointment only. Staff will be available during our normal office hours (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) by phone and email.
If you have an appointment to visit the CASA-VFC office, please be aware that face coverings will be required for all visitors as recommended by Oregon Health Authority guidelines. If you do not have a mask or face covering available, please contact staff prior to your visit and we will provide one for you. Please note, our staff will also be implementing a sanitation protocol within our office as another precaution.
Item donation hours have also been adjusted; we are happy to accept donated items on Tuesdays between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, and on Fridays between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Please call (541) 753-5838 to arrange for a safe, no-contact donation.
At this time, we will be allowing in-person visits to take place between you and your CASA foster child - as long as you feel comfortable and are willing to follow CDC guidelines (asking if anyone has any COVID symptoms recently, wearing a mask during your visit, socially distancing and washing hands). If you do not feel comfortable visiting face-to-face yet, please feel free to continue virtual visits. This Advocacy from a Distance post by Passaic County CASA contains some excellent suggestions for staying connected during virtual visitation.
Additionally, if you are the CASA for a child that is in an in-home placement, please contact CASA staff before visiting in person. We want to ensure that both you and the family are COVID-free and that there haven't been any exposures.
Please let us know if you are in need of masks or any other supplies for your visits, or if you’d like additional guidance on in-person visitation. We are so appreciative of the incredible work our advocates do and want to support you in any way we can.
To the best of our knowledge, court hearings and DHS meetings will still be held remotely. We will continue to keep you informed as we receive new updates.
Your health and the health of the families we work with, as well as our staff and our community are of the utmost importance.
As the situation continues to develop, we will monitor this plan and will keep you informed of our next steps. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these unfamiliar and new times.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
CASA - Voices for Children
Please visit the following websites for community and educational resources that can help advocates and families cope with the impacts of COVID-19. All links will be updated as more information becomes available.
A collection of links and websites from local, state, and national organizations to help you find assistance with:
Mental Health Resources
Resources for Learning & Fun:
This informational homepage has links to educational and entertaining resource pages in each of the subject categories below: