California HHS/Department of Social Services Guidance on COVID-19

April 17, 2020, This All County Letter (20-45) provides guidance regarding the Extended Foster Care program for nonminor dependents (NMDs) during the current state of emergency related to COVID-19 and pursuant to the authority in the Governor’s April 17, 2020 Executive Order N-53-20 (EO N-53-20).

April 3, 2020, This Provider Information Notice (20-04-CRP) provides general recommendations for prevention, containment, and mitigation of COVID-19 in licensed children’s residential facilities, licensed foster family homes, and homes certified or approved by a foster family agency (FFA). In addition, this PIN includes statewide waivers for certain licensing requirements applicable to these children’s residential settings, administrators, and administrator certification program training vendors without the need for providers to make an individual request, and subject to the waiver terms and conditions set forth in this PIN.

April 2, 2020, This Provider Information Notice (20-06-CRP) incorporates guidance from ACL 20-25 that provided updated information to county child welfare social workers and juvenile probation officers regarding the provision of services to children and families during the evolving COVID19 situation. This PIN provides recommendations and best practices related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for licensed children’s residential facilities, licensed foster family homes, and homes certified or approved by a foster family agency

March 30, 2020 This All County Letter provides placement preservation and emergency planning guidance to county and tribal child welfare agencies, probation departments, and children’s residential programs and service providers regarding the care of children, nonminor dependents, and families who are exposed to, present symptoms of, or test positive for, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) during this state of emergency. Letter here.

March 30, 2020 This All County Letter provides county child welfare social workers and juvenile probation officers updated instructions regarding documenting of contacts completed with children and families through videoconferencing during the declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) State of Emergency.

March 28, 2020 This All County Letter provides requirements and interim guidance for social workers and juvenile probation officers regarding investigations of child abuse and neglect during the declared California State of Emergency due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 21, 2020 This All County Letter will provide updated requirements and guidance for county child welfare social workers and juvenile probation officers regarding the provision of services to children and families during the evolving situation related to the Coronavirus (COVID19).