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COVID-19: The New Normal

As families and systems adapt to the "New Normal" of COVID-19, QPI is here to support you with a resource series that includes weekly webcasts from child development and legal experts along with emails containing tips, resources, examples of COVID-related policies, and inspiration from the field.


Youth Law Center's COVID-19 Resources

This link will take you to the The Youth Law Center's COVID-19 resource page where you will find a growing list to aid you as you advocate for and with youth and families that are involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.


Webcasts (including associated handouts and resources)

Successful College Transitions: Strategies for Families Supporting California Foster Youth Entering Their First Year (California Only)
This presentation includes the latest updates and resources from the CA Community College State Chancellor's Office, and best practice perspectives for supporting youth in foster care on their college journey.

Navigating Special Education During COVID-19: California Tips for Families and Systems Advocates
This webinar provides parents and caregivers information about the state of special education during COVID-19, with a focus on practical tips on how to communicate with schools about their child's needs.

Working Families in California: Legal Rights and Resources During the COVID Pandemic (California Only)
Resources that are available to working families during the current public health crisis are discussed.

Supporting Meaningful Connections: Family Time Visits During a Pandemic
This webinar focuses on supporting meaningful connections between parents/caregivers and children, emphasizing understanding how "shelter in place" experiences might impact children of all ages and their caregivers, and strategies to promote relationships and resilience.

Safe and Sound: Pediatric Tips for Keeping Kids and Families Healthy During COVID-19 and Beyond (April 28, 2020)
Up-to-date pediatric information about coronavirus safety and treatment and how to work with your pediatric provider to keep kids healthy now and beyond the pandemic. Presented by Dr. Heather Forkey, Director of the Foster Children Evaluation Services (FaCES) of the UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center.

Heart to Heart: Caregiver & Child Connections in Times of Challenge (April 21, 2020)
Research-driven ideas to use the healing power of relationships during this crisis to support children who have experienced trauma, while caring for yourself as well. Presented by licensed psychologist and infant mental health expert Dr. Barbara Stroud.

Keeping Youth TECHnically Connected (April 14, 2020)
How resource parents can partner with youth to use technology and social media creatively - and safely - to keep youth connected to family and community. Presented by a panel of California youth advocates.

Using Media Effectively with Young Children & Virtual Visitation, Part One: Virtual Communication with Young Children (April 7, 2020)
Research-driven techniques to use remote and virtual communication to maintain and strengthen relationships with young children. Presented by Dr. Rachel Barr, an expert on media and young children.

Using Media Effectively with Young Children & Virtual Visitation, Part Two: Using Media Play with Young Children (April 9, 2020)
Ways to use digital play, where adults and children interact around media such as computers and smartphones, to support the intellectual, educational, and emotional development of toddlers and babies. Presented by Dr. Rachel Barr, an expert on media and young children.

The Power of Connection: How Resource Families Can Support Adolescents Through COVID-19 Crisis (March 31, 2020)
The science behind why resource families are so important to adolescents during this national crisis, and practical tips and guidance to support youth in care. Presented by national adolescent development expert Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg.


QPI Weekly Round-up: tips, resources, policies, and inspiration from the field

May 18, 2020

May 11, 2020

May 4, 2020

April 27, 2020

April 20, 2020

April 13, 2020

April 7, 2020

March 31, 2020

March 23, 2020




Please note: This schedule of webcasts may change. Please see the calendar for additional details and registration links.