COVID-19 Resources: Children, Youth and Families

ACF/Children's Bureau Updates

  • Children's Bureau letter offering flexibility regarding fingerprint background check requirements for foster/adoptive/guardianship homes and child care institutions and flexibility on caseworker visits.
  • Children's Bureau letter on Court Improvement Programs and tips for conducting effective remote hearings in child welfare cases.
  • HHS' COVID-19 Guidance and Information for Human Services Programs landing page contains updates from ACF, ACL, HRSA, SAMHSA and more.
  • New Children's Bureau Guidance on Caseworker Visits During the Coronavirus Crisis.
  • ACF Information Memorandum Regarding Flexibility for Grantees - The Administration for Children and Families released an Information Memorandum (IM-ACF-OA-2020-01) dealing with grant flexibilities in conducting human service activities related to or affected by COVID-19. The guidance provides short-term relief for administrative, financial management, and audit requirements for ACF applicants and grantees/recipients who are conducting human services activities related to or affected by COVID-19. Read IM-ACF-OA-2020-01 here.
  • Children's Bureau Letter on Judicial Hearings - The Children's Bureau released a letter addressing legal and court-related issues during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The letter offers guidance to courts, CIPs and administrative offices about where courts have flexibility and about what services are required. It also provides guidance for courts specifically about maintaining family time during the crisis and ensuring that parents maintain access to critical services and treatment.  Read the letter here
  • Tech Options from the Children's Bureau - The Children's Bureau has provided a list of low- or no-cost tech options that can be used to facilitate child welfare-related communication amidst the COVID-19 public health crisis. The list offers information platforms, including the associated costs and supported devices, as well as a list of major internet providers that are offering free services to low-income families and households with students. Find the list here.

Cable and Data Resources

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a list of approved Medicaid 1135 waivers that can be used during a disaster to create flexibilities for states.

CDC Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued updated guidance for faith- and community-based organizations, including schools, child care centers, shared living facilities and more. 

Distance Learning Resources

Field Resources

Funding Resources

HR Resources 

National Council of Nonprofits Resources

PPE Resources

  • Face Mask Direct offers KN95 and FFP2 masks for sale of quantities of 10. Here is the link. Use code Local3010 for 10% off.
  • Gorilla Marketing offers cloth reusable masks and some KN95 masks. Contact Chris Arranaga at
  • H&J Medical offers disposable masks, gloves and gowns. Contact Doug Roberts at
  • Cedarwood Group / Purity Brands LLS offers disposable masks, gloves and gowns. Contact Meyer Futersak at

Telehealth Resources

Trauma Resources


Contact Paula Young, Lutheran Services in America Director of Strategy and Implementation for Child, Youth and Family Initiatives, at 202-499-5824 for more information.