We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The child welfare community is continuing to work diligently with children and families while adjusting to the "new normal" of social distancing and fully remote work. We have gathered a few resources that may be helpful:
The Organization health committee at the Chadwick Center has prepared a handout on managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19
The Chadwick Center also has links to numerous resources
The University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC) Behavioral Health Disaster Response Program has released an excellent report on Evidence-Informed Guidelines for Child-Focused Pandemic Planning and Response
For those looking for assistance with delivering services over video and audio connections, the Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center (WRCAC ), a Chadwick Center Project, provides a telemental health resource center
The American Youth Policy Form provides information on COVID-19 Resources for Traditionally Underserved Youth
The State of California has also produced many resources that are relevant to children and families:
"Working with Gender-Expansive and Transgender Children"
When working with gender-expansive and transgender youth in any capacity, it is crucial to have a compassionate understanding of how one's gender identity or gender expression impacts the child and their ability to be authentic. In this webinar, participants will learn (or review) basic language for discussing and understanding gender-expansive and transgender youth. We will be discussing the differences between and interactions of various aspects of children's gender identity and gender expression. We will be exploring the concept of gender dysphoria, how it impacts transgender youth, and interventions available to them including social transition and beyond. Most importantly, we will be discussing the best ways to support, affirm, and advocate for these young individuals.
Click here to watch the webinar recording and/or download the slides.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Each year in April, we work as a community to raise public awareness around child abuse and provide resources to support and protect children and their families. This year, as we deal with the additional stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting social and physical isolation, Child Abuse Prevention Month is even more important. With schools closed, we are seeing a dramatic decrease in child maltreatment reports, but we all know that child abuse is still occurring, it is just more hidden than ever.
As we cannot do any face to face events this year, the CEBC will instead focus on sharing resources through our email list and our social media accounts (you can follow us on
Twitter). Two key resources to start with are the Federal and State Child Abuse Prevention Month websites: