Updated November 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Update: 11/16: All face to face visits for children are suspended until December 7th 2020. You may visit your child if you are outside, masked and socially distanced during this time. You may also drop items off to a home if you leave those items outside. Once this restriction is lifted we will return to our previous COVID safety protocol (see below)
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has continued to evolve since we first heard about it in the past few weeks. Our primary concern is always for the well-being of the children, families, volunteers, and staff who are associated with CASA of Southwest Michigan.
While this is a time of uncertainty and fear for all of us, it’s likely that our children in foster care are suffering the most. Many of these children have experienced severe trauma and are currently separated from their loved ones. Over the next few days, weeks, and months, we will be particularly mindful of not compounding those traumas by abandoning our children when they need us the most. We promise to do our best to continue our advocacy, while also ensuring the safety of CASA of Southwest Michigan staff and volunteers.
There have been new guidelines about how we interact socially including the use of social distancing, minimizing participation in large gatherings, and changes in business operations. We continue to closely follow the evolution of COVID–19 and its potential impact on the operations of CASA of Southwest Michigan and the child welfare system. As things evolve, our operations may continue to change, so we appreciate your flexibility.
New Guidelines for Visiting Children (effective June 20, 2020). The health and safety of our children, staff and volunteers is paramount. At this time you MAY, but are not required to, visit your child in person IF you follow the guidelines below AND everyone at the visit can answer "NO" to the following:
1. Do you have a temperature above 101.4
2. Do you have any COVID symptoms including :fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste and/or gastrointestinal problems (nausea, diarrhea and vomiting)?
3. Have you lived with or had close contact with someone in the last 14 days diagnosed or displaying the above symptoms of COVID 19?
4. Have you traveled outside the United States in the last 14 days
5. Does anyone who will be at the visit or who cares for the child object to the visit?
If the answer is "Yes" to any of the above, do not visit the child in person. Please document any visits as you normally would in your monthly log but indicate in the comment section "COVID OK" which will attest that you have followed the above instructions. If you chose virtual visits, please document that the visit is virtual in the comment section of the monthly report.
We encourage all of our volunteers, staff, and supporters to stay informed and protect themselves and others. Please continue to visit this page for updates.