Supporting Child, Caregiver, and Family Well-Being in Times of Crisis: Strategies to Promote Effective Virtual and Phone Engagement

Date: September 2020

Discusses ways that professionals outside of child protective services can act to support children and their caregivers and connect them with appropriate resources that may mitigate any risks for harm during crisis situations. This document is organized by the five protective factors that build on family strengths to foster child and youth well-being and development. Each section contains questions that professionals can address with parents/caregivers and with children/youth in the course of their work with families, with an emphasis on content appropriate for virtual visits. 

Acknowledgment(s): The authors would like to thank the following individuals for their review and feedback of this document: Cathy Ayoub, National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement; Kiersten Beigel, MSW, Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Melissa Lim Brodowski, Deputy Director, ACF Office of Early Childhood Development; Laura White, Office of Refugee Resettlement; Beth Stodghill and Fatima Gonzalez-Galindo, FRIENDS National Center; and Julie Fliss, Cara Kelly, and Elaine Stedt, Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway and Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for States. (2020). Supporting child, caregiver, and family well-being in times of crisis: strategies to promote effective virtual and phone engagement. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.

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