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April 2020Vol. 21, No. 3Letter From Jerry Milner to Child Welfare Leaders Regarding COVID-19

Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, issued a letter for child welfare leaders (PDF - 444 KB) that provides adjustments that can help child welfare professionals continue to serve children and families while being mindful of and adhering to current public health guidelines.
The letter provides guidance on the following aspects of child welfare work:

  • Although monthly caseworker visit requirements remain in place, these visits are to be conducted by videoconferencing.
  • States currently implementing program improvement plans (PIPs) to address the results of their Child and Family Services Review may be eligible for extensions of their PIP deadlines of up to 1 year if compelling documentation of the need for such an extension is provided.
  • For the health and well-being of all prospective reviewers and the general public, onsite title IV-E eligibility reviews are rescheduled.
  • State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact.