It has been a little over one year since the first case of COVID-19 was reported here in Texas, and hence, the start of physical distancing and virtual visits. Today, each CASA program is making their own determinations on public health issues like continuing virtual visits and working remotely.
For those programs that continue to encourage or require virtual visits between CASA volunteers and the children and families they serve, we wanted to share a document from the NYC Administration for Children and Families – How to Identify Abuse or Neglect on Video Calls with Kids.
When CASA volunteers cannot visit a child in person, it is even more vital to be vigilant, intentional and perceptive to ensure the child’s safety. In addition to tips on engaging children virtually, this document offers critical information to help CASA volunteers and others identify suspected signs of abuse and/or neglect during visits.
Thank you, as always, for your commitment to the safety of the children you serve – and for your continued care and attention to the health of your staff, volunteers and communities.
Visit our COVID-19 page for more resources on engaging with children virtually.