Month: March 2020

Tips for Virtual Visitation

In light of the recent pandemic, the Department of Child Safety has enacted Social Distancing Protocol – Level 2 which means all court hearings, TDMS, parenting time, and home visitation from case managers and licensing staff will be temporarily conducted virtually. To get the latest news regarding Covid-19 and the Department of Child Safety please visit the State’s information and resources.

We understand the level of stress and uncertainty this can cause for all parties involved and as an agency want you to know we are here to support you. Everyone will be new to this virtual visitation thing. We appreciate your grace and patience as details and technology are navigated.

We also understand that virtual visits aren’t the most engaging for children and their families. One goal of visitation is to promote bonding and another is to assure safety for children and their biological families. Here are some helpful tips for virtual visits written by our staff member and former foster mom Amy Goshow. We hope these tips will help your foster children and their parents have successful visitations while they are unable to be in the same physical space.

Remember, change is hard and scary. Some children may feel awkward, sad or frightened having to visit their family virtually. 

~ have a quiet place away from the other children

~ let the child have their favorite toy/ stuffed (or real) animal to show their parent

~ have the child read their favorite book to their parent

~ discuss beforehand some topics the child can bring up, or a couple jokes or riddles

~ younger children can play with playdough or color while visiting 

~If you have a performer let them play their instrument, or sing 

~ Let this time be as stress-free as possible for all involved. A great way to model that is through your patience and kindness

Remember that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1

Praying for you and the children in your care.

Coronavirus and Foster Care

DCS is continually updating information regarding their response to the pandemic as information evolves. Please see the link below for the latest news and procedures from the Arizona Department of Child Safety:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

Caregivers are needed now more than ever. Did you know that teachers are generally among the top reporters of suspected abuse and neglect of children? As children re-enter the classroom, the state is preparing for a surge in the foster care population. Many children who are currently in abusive situations have been hidden away from the public eye, unable to physically access the school professionals who would generally identify their need for help.

With over 14,000 children in care, and fewer than 4,000 foster homes, Arizona’s children need your help today. For information on becoming a foster parent in Arizona, please visit our orientation page to learn about the process and get started today. Or share this information on your social media pages to spread awareness about the need of safe and loving homes for children in foster care.