Information for Foster and Kinship Caregivers during Covid-19 *New – Return to School*

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CS & AHS Updates

We have made an effort to keep only the latest documents on here to prevent any confusion in the event someone were to download an earlier version. We encourage you to view online, rather than print, as this is a fluid situation and there are ongoing updates and changes. 

September 4, 2020

*Update*Caregiver Letter –  Return to School Update – Sept.4   – A letter to Caregivers from the Policy, Practice and Program Development Branch, Child Intervention Division, Alberta Children’s Services

*Update* – PRACTICE GUIDANCE-Return to School  

The updates are to the Return to School section and includes:

• Caregiver Disagrees with Manager’s Denial of Exception,
• Caseworker and/or Caregiver Support Worker Role in the event of          Disagreement and.
• If Child or Youth Disagrees

 

August 18, 2020 – Children’s Services

Updates on Return to School

The Caregiver Letter and Return to School – Practice Guidance issued on August 18th have been removed to avoid confusion as there have been updates. The updated documents can be found under the updates above from September 4, 2020.

Practice Guidance – Masks for School

Child Intervention – Practice Guidance 20200818
Coronavirus (COVID-19)

June 16, 2020

Please see below documents providing “guidance developed to help caregivers and those supporting caregivers with deciding which PPE is best and information about family visits including, screening questions and preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

Non-medical Mask Instructions for Caregivers

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A great infographic offering guidance to foster and kinship caregivers on the use of PPE: CI PPE Infographic_Kinship and Foster Caregivers_COVID-19_05142020 v2.1

Alberta Health Services

You can keep up to date on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by accessing up to date information on the Alberta Health Services (AHS) website at: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

AFKA Updates

AFKA 2020 Conference Cancellation

2020 AFKA Annual Indigenous Cultural Teachings Weekend

June 30, 2020

The AFKA Caregiver Connections Groups have now wrapped up, but you can still request one on one support from the AFKA by submitting a form here: 

Request for One on One Support

Additional Covid Related Resources

Return to School

“How to help your child cope with the transition back to school during COVID-19…

…While levels of anxiety and stress may be high, parents play an influential role in helping children cope, encouraging a positive back-to-school transition and helping to reduce children’s anxiety and worries.”

Read more of this article on “The Conversation” website at:
https://bit.ly/31bli4A

Authors of this article include:

  • Jessica Cooke, PhD Student, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary
  • Nicole Racine, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology, University of Calgary
  • Sheri Madigan, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development, Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, University of Calgary

Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services has a lot of great resources available on their website to access help during tough times. From Covid-19 and your mental health, to talking with children about Covid-19, there is a lot of great reading and learning:

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/Page16759.aspx

Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University

“The global response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed daily life in many ways for many people. Yet child development has not paused, and supporting children, families, and care providers of all kinds is as important as ever. In this guide, the Center on the Developing Child has gathered a number of resources and recommendations to help you through this challenging time. This guide pulls together information on COVID-19, what it means for child development, and easy-to-share resources that can help parents and caregivers, as well as child care providers, pediatricians, and others who work with families.”

https://developingchild.harvard.edu/guide/a-guide-to-covid-19-and-early-childhood-development/

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada

Grants available to former youth in care through the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to help provide support in navigating the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit their site for eligibility and information.

http://ow.ly/VlMB50z2CEK

The @CAFDN Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada has been working on an ongoing open-source Youth Covid-19 resource list. See what they’ve compiled and if you have any resources to share, their contact info for submissions is in their document.

http://ow.ly/6x3M50z2DMl

Neurosequential Network – COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series 

Visit link for this series and more from trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry:

https://www.neurosequential.com/covid-19-resources

Safety First: Let’s protect our children from ingesting hand sanitizer


Sesame Street – Caring for Each Other

In response to recent events of Covid-19 and its impact on children and families, Sesame Street has started a “Caring for Each Other” initiative offering a number of free resources great for parents, caregivers, teachers, children and more.

“…Our resources aren’t prescriptions you have to follow—just ideas to help your family find ways to breathe, laugh, and play together….”

https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring