Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
April 20, 2020
Resources for Parents and Families Involved with CPS
The COVID-19 pandemic and the statewide social distancing restrictions issued to contain the spread of the virus have transformed how Texans live, work, and relate to one another. For parents and families involved with CPS, those transformations not only affect their daily lives, they substantially complicate the already difficult process of completing the court-ordered services necessary to reunify with their children. The disruptions caused by the pandemic have caused a cascade of impacts related to a parent’s ability to provide for their children including maintaining secure housing, employment, childcare, social stability, and mental health.

Fortunately, there are resources available to parents, and the attorneys who represent them in court, to help navigate this crisis. Below are several resources created, hosted, and compiled by many community and national partners in support of children and families experiencing the pandemic, family separation, and the child welfare system.

The Children’s Commission has also developed a brief survey for attorneys and judges about how COVID-19 is affecting the representation of parents and children. Please consider taking a few minutes to complete this survey in order to help the Commission develop relevant training and resources.

This Resource Letter can also be found on the Children’s Commission’s COVID-19 page

COVID-19 General Information

Spanish Language COVID-19 General Information Materials

American Standard Sign Language Materials

DFPS Information


Parenting Children at Home

Education and Learning


Food and Nutrition

Housing and Utilities

Cellular Phone and Data/ Internet Access
Starting on March 13, 2020 many internet providers in Texas agreed to:
  • Not disconnect internet or phone for 60 days
  • Waive late fees for nonpayment due to COVID-19 for 60 days
  • Provide free wi-fi hotspots for 60 days.
  • has an easy-to-use tool to help find low-income internet based on income qualifications.

Transportation Resources

How to Talk to Children and Youth about COVID-19

Dealing with a Parent’s Illness: Wonders and Worries teaches parents how to parent and kids how to cope during a parent’s illness. Extended hours helpline: 1-844-WE-WONDER (844-939-6633)

Coping and Self-Care: Supporting Children and Youth

Mental Health: Crisis & Helplines
  • Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line - Statewide support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (English/Spanish)
  • Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741
  • National Suicidal Prevention  1-800-273-TALK (8255) (English/Spanish)

Domestic Violence

Substance Use:

Understanding Trauma: Free Training on Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Youth: The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development has opened up online access to their TBRI training for FREE 30-day access. This offer is only good through May 31, 2020. Find the course at: . Click on the "TBRI 101: A self-guided course in Trust-Based Relationships" link and click 30-day access,  not one year , in order to get the free access.

Coping and Self-Care: Support for Parents


Mindfulness Meditation

Spanish Language Mental Health Materials

Social Distancing

Working from Home:

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