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Remote Services During Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of our lives.  In approximately mid-March 2020, most communities throughout the United States entered a period of quarantine in their homes with only essential public outings.  This had a significant impact on family-serving agencies and their clients.  The National Family Preservation Network sought to support these agencies through virtual training and technical assistance.  NFPN also sought to assemble guidance for service delivery by collecting information about how agencies adapted during the quarantine.  Seven agencies completed a questionnaire regarding their actions and experiences.

At this point, nobody knows when the Covid-19 pandemic will end.  Agencies may continue to provide remote services in some form for a long time.  Fortunately, remote services do not seem to adversely affect the number of families served or their outcomes.  Agencies have been innovative in developing strategies for serving families remotely and technology has played a big part in this.  The lessons learned from this experience can be applied to other scenarios when remote services may be necessary or preferable.

Here is a link to NFPN’s report:

Click to access Remote%20Services%20During%20Covid-19.pdf

 

Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director

 

Racial Inequality

The National Family Preservation Network wishes to express its support for the African American community.  We’ve been very distressed by the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many, many others.  We stand against racism in all its forms, especially violence.

For decades we’ve been aware that Black families and children are disproportionally represented in the child welfare system.  This situation has been researched and explored by numerous entities.  Here are a few key points:

Despite the previous point, we have a very long way to go to protect African Americans from unjust treatment at every level.  It’s an enormous, heartbreaking endeavor, but we know that numerous others join us in this effort.

Barack Obama recently said, “… I want to speak directly to the young men and women of color in this country, who … have witnessed too much violence and too much death. And too often, some of that violence has come from folks who were supposed to be serving and protecting you. I want you to know that you matter, I want you to know that your lives matter, that your dreams matter. And when I go home and I look at the faces of my daughters, Sasha and Malia, and I look at my nephews and nieces, I see limitless potential that deserves to flourish and thrive, and you should be able to learn and make mistakes and live a life of joy without having to worry about what’s going to happen …”

#BlackLivesMatter #BlackFamiliesMatter

Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director

 

 

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