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 temporary policies we will be putting into place as of Monday, March 16, 2020 until at least Tuesday, April 28, 2020. We will be constantly monitoring and assessing the situation as we receive more information and recommendations.
CASA-VFC office will be officially closed during this period; staff will have the option to work either in the office or remotely. We will be available during our normal office hours (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) by phone and email. Phones will be automatically forwarded to a staff member or you may contact staff directly through their cell phones. Please contact us if you need their number.
We will be suspending all home visits during this time. We are required to have appropriate documentation for home visit exceptions. We strongly encourage you to still reach out to your CASA family by phone, Skype/FaceTime or however you feel most comfortable.
CASA-VFC staff will cover all hearings for advocates. If you would like to attend, we can arrange via conference line with the court with advance notice. If you feel it is critical that you appear in person, please contact staff.
The Courts have canceled all jury trials and will be constantly monitoring and assessing the situation. The decision has been made to determine weekly if there is a need to reschedule dependency hearings. Please make sure to check in with us regarding any upcoming hearings that may be scheduled.
DHS will conduct all meetings via phone. If you have an upcoming meeting and have not been provided with the contact number, please contact the caseworker and/or CASA staff.
CRB will have both options (in person and phone) available. We ask that you attend via phone.
Our events for April have been postponed - more information to follow.
Your health and the health of the families we work with, as well as our staff and our community are the of the utmost importance.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
For more detailed information about the coronavirus and local response measures, please visit the following websites. All links will be updated as more information becomes available.
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