CASA encourages #EyesOnKids during COVID-19 and everyday!

CASA RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CRISIS – UPDATED June 1, 2020

While schools remain closed in the commonwealth for the remainder of the school year and the Family Court of Philadelphia has just begun holding rescheduled hearings telephonically, and  many summer activities future unclear, there continues to be much uncertainly for children in foster care in Philadelphia. With the current protesting for an end to police violence against persons and communities of color in our city and around the country, our children will be looking to us more than ever for comfort, explaination and as models for how to  understand and respond to very complex feelings. 

FOR CASA ADVOCATES:

CASA encourages our advocates and all those working with children to make best efforts to remain in contact while taking all proper safety precautions.  Find helpful tips and guidelines from National CASA/GAL Association HERE and Philadelphia DHS Office of Children and Families HERE. Additionally here are some resouces to use to talk to famlies and children about race, racism and social justice issues:

o https://centerracialjustice.org/resources/resources-for-talking-about-race-racism-and-racialized-violence-with-kids/

o https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/kids-discrimination

o https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/

TO CONTACT CASA:

During this uncertain time, CASA staff are working remotely and available by email and can participate in meetings by phone on web-meeting platforms. We will be checking office phones daily, as well. We will share resources and provide updates on our social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). If you have questions please feel free to email us at info@casaphiladelphia.org at any time.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT:

The stress and uncertainly of the COVID-19 crisis is taking a toll on all of us. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a very comprehensive Q&A which can be found HERE.

In addition the PA Family Support Alliance has compiled some great resources for family which can be found HERE.  

FOOD AND BASIC NEEDS:

CASA knows that has this crisis drags on and more people are facing job insecurity the need for basic supports will grow. We are committed to providing up to date information on resources as they become available. Below are resources supplied by the Philadelphia Office of Children and Families:

FIND FREE FOOD and SUPPLIES:

Meals for Students:  Students can pick up a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches every Thursday. Find student meal sites near you.

Free Food Boxes: The City is working with Philabundance and Share Food Program to distribute free, fresh produce and non-perishable food to all Philadelphians. Find a free food site.

Meals for Seniors: The City and Philadelphia Corporation for Aging are working together to ensure that older adults have access to free and nutritious food. Learn more about senior meal sites.

Free Food Delivery for People with Disabilities: Beginning in May, people who are facing food insecurity and cannot leave their homes due to a disability can request free, weekly food delivery through Liberty Resources. To request to join this program, call or text (215) 709-9619, email food@libertyresources.org, or fill out the online form here. A program representative will call back to discuss the food delivery plan.

Free Pregnancy, Infant, and Toddler Support: Are you pregnant or taking care of a newborn or toddler? The Department of Public Health has compiled a list of free resources for your family. Check out their guide

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