Keep Hand sanitizer at the front door! When anyone enters the home, the first thing you should ask them to do is to sanitize. Keep Sanitizer in the car! Use it after going in a store or touching a “...
In response to the global concern that is facing us, we have decided to close our head office. Effective yesterday, our team moved to a work from home policy. Despite the challenges that lie ahead, we are grateful for the technology and resources we have. Many of our mandated meetings will be conducted via video and teleconference. We will continue to uphold our requirement to meet with our foster families and children but will do it in a manner that considers everyone’s safety and wellbeing. With the rapid changes that are occurring, we are taking things one day at a time. We would like to send a huge shout out to our team of front-line workers, our Resource and Management Team, and most importantly, our foster parents. You have all come together in cooperation, patience, and understanding. This won’t be an easy road, but we are confident that together we will get through this.
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Tips for preparing for COVID-19 in a trauma-free way:A couple tips for preparing for COVID-19 in a trauma informed way:
1. Don’t ignore what’s happening, because your children - especially those with histories of trauma - will pick up on the fact that things are unexpectedly different in their worlds. But do avoid making them nervous.
2. A good message is to talk about the virus and how “we’re working together to keep more people from getting sick by pausing school and other places crowds may be…it’s so awesome so many people are working to help one another out!”
3. Focus on what WILL stay the same…little things, that you’ll still get up and eat breakfast, you’ll still have lunch, you’ll still sleep in your bed, etc. Give a nice long list.
4. If you sense a child is becoming anxious about it, call it out casually: “I noticed you might be kind of anxious about something…I’m wondering if it has anything to do with XYZ?”
5. Provide visual structure for your kids at this time. Make a visual plan for the day, introduce it in the morning, and work your way through it during the day. It will take extra effort on your part, but will help them with any anxiety and these unexpected changes.
6. Outdoor play and field trips, baths, sensory play, etc. will be helpful activities. I’ll likely post some other ideas over the next few weeks on my Facebook page as well. EDITED TO CLARIFY: By field trips I meant outdoor play at places like nature trails, not museums, Target, or even playgrounds.
7. Remember that unexpected change, loss of routine and structure, and increased stress in the world will be HUGE triggers for many of your kids. Focus on co-regulation, keep expectations appropriate, and give grace to yourself and them.
8. Deep breaths, guys. Deep breaths. We can do this together. ... See MoreSee Less