Foster Caregivers, Out of Care Providers & Specialized Homes and Support Services (formerly CRAs) – MCFD Response to COVID-19

If you are a foster caregiver, out of care provider or contracted residential agency you can find many of the resources that MCFD has shared to date.

Last Updated: August 10, 2021

On this page:

Guidance

MCFD Practice Guidelines

Interim Practice Guidelines During COVID-19, including resource policies for Resource Workers and a matrix for what core processes should be done virtually or in person.

Travel

Information on non-essential travel for Children and Youth In Care outside of Canada.

If you get sick with COVID-19

Practice and procedures for when foster parents, contracted residential agencies and out of care providers become sick or if someone in their home becomes sick with COVID-19.

Connections between children, youth and their and families

Direction for Guardianship and Resources Workers on scaling up in-person connections between Children and Youth in Care and their families.

Conducting virtual home studies

Information about how Adoption and Resource Workers can conduct SAFE (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation) assessments during physical distancing restrictions.

Supports for youth aging out of care

Information on the Youth COVID-19 Emergency Response providing ongoing supports for youth who are aging out of care or youth who will be aging out of an out-of-care living arrangement who wish to stay in their current home.

Child and Family Services Subsector

Review the Child and Family Services Subsector Recovery Guide (PDF, 176 KB).


 

Skype Guide

Step-by-step instructions for using Skype to connect children and youth in care with their families through virtual visits.

Liability Insurance

Information on liability insurance for foster caregivers, Contracted Residential Agencies and community service partners.

 


Provincial Health Officer Direction

Guidelines and expectations for Social Service Providers for what to do if a client or staff member has COVID-19 symptoms.


Information Session Recordings and Q&As

 

April 1, 2021: MCFD Townhall with Dr. Behn Smith: PHO order updates

Recorded April 1, 2021 - MCFD Video Townhall: Update on recent provincial health orders with PHO Advisor Dr. Daniele Behn Smith

Dec 17, 2020: MCFD Townhall with Dr. Behn Smith: In-person visitation during current PHO orders

Recorded December 17, 2020 - MCFD Video Townhall: In person visitation/connections for children and youth in care during the holidays with PHO Advisor Dr. Daniele Behn Smith

 

Sep 3, 2020: Back to School Townhall for Caregiver and Care Providers

Recorded Sept 3 2020 - with Deputy Director of Child Welfare Alex Scheiber, Executive Director of Service, North Fraser, Debbie Samija and Dr. Trevor Corneil, Senior Medical Advisor BCCDC PHO MOH

 

May 13, 2020: Foster Caregiver Joint Information Session

The BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP) and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) invited Foster Caregivers to an information session with Dr. Daniele Behn Smith where she answered questions related to children and COVID-19. Please Note: This video was filmed May 13. Effective June 3, 2020 we are transitioning to increasing in-person connections for children and youth in care who were having in person connections with their family prior to March 26, 2020.

 

May 12, 2020: Contracted Service Providers PHO Information Session

The Ministry invited Contracted Service Providers to an information session with Dr. Daniele Behn Smith to answer health related questions related to provision of services. Please Note: This video was filmed May 12. Effective June 3, 2020 we are transitioning to increasing in-person connections for children and youth in care who were having in person connections with their family prior to March 26, 2020.