|Notice to All Resource Parents:|
As you have seen in the news, Coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) is causing concern across the globe. We want to assure you that your safety is our top concern. We have been monitoring the situation closely and we will continue to do so as things develop. Our commitment to you is to communicate as thoroughly as possible along the way.
First and foremost, if you feel ill or have symptoms such as cough, fever or shortness of breath, or if someone in your household has these symptoms, we encourage you to stay home and seek medical attention as appropriate.
If you or someone in your household is diagnosed with COVID-19, please notify the agency supervisor immediately. In that event, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days and, depending on your babysitting arrangements, you may be permitted to use prudent parent standards to leave the children in the care of your designated babysitter. It is important to contact our agency foster care social worker and/or supervisor to ensure every county social worker and authorized representative for each foster child in your care is notified. If you need to take time off from fostering anymore children, please inform the Deputy Administrator and/or Administrator.
As information is received we will inform our employees/resource parents.
Second, we want to share some updates that are part of our plan to maintain a safe and healthy home for our resource parents and children. We hope the situation with COVID-19 gets resolved soon, but because of its quickly evolving nature, we will adapt as things unfold in real-time. We have assembled an internal risk management team to work in partnership with outside experts. Additionally, we are following public health guidance from governmental authorities on how to best protect our resource parents and minimize disruption to our business. Please read the following information about the Company’s new policies.
All non-essential travel including visits, training at the agency is suspended. Video conference should be used.
If you are planning personal travel, please call and report this to our social worker and/or supervisor before your trip. It is your personal responsibility to do so. You may be required to stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days after the trip before you can resume your duties as the primary resource parent.
For the time being, you and our agency are prohibiting external visitors, except for Community Care Licensing (CCL), any representative of the County Placing Agency and Out of Home Care Management Division (OHCMD), USPS, UPS and Fed-Ex.
The CDC has outlined specific guidance for travelers which we encourage you to monitor, as well as the U.S. Department of State website for more on travel restrictions.
Please follow CDC prevention guidance. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
For any questions about any of the above, please contact the agency supervisor and/or the Deputy Administrator for our Ontario office 909-460-1138 and/or the Administrator at 626-339-1824.