We can all agree that our lives have been thrown into a tizzy over the last few weeks – especially those of us in the counties where COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact. Teachers are now teaching from home and having 1:1s with students and parents via video conferencing. Workers are losing their jobs as hotels, stores, and restaurants close. Nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals are being asked to work long hours in extraordinary circumstances. Parents are having to parent their children.
Every part of society has been impacted – even foster care. The Santa Clara County Department of Family & Children’s Services announced this past Friday that all (there are a few exceptions) court hearings, social worker visits, and parental visits have stopped until at least April 7th when the Shelter in Place has been lifted (fingers crossed!).
What do you do if you’re a bio parent and your baby(ies) are in the foster care system and you’re worried sick about them? You Zoom them!!!
With the stopping of parental visits for at least the next few weeks, the County has put in place the opportunity for parental visits to take place via web conferencing. This is, of course, assuming that the bio parents have access to web conferencing as does the foster parent.
Little man just had his first Zoom meeting with his mom! They “chatted” and blew kisses to each other and despite what my feelings are, it was good to be able to give the bio mom some comfort in these troubling times. I was able to reassure her that we are doing everything we can to stay healthy and I know that she appreciated that along with being able to see little man. These “visits” will continue until the Shelter in Place order is lifted and will give the bio mom a sense of ease.
Hang in there! We’re all in this together and the more we use video conferencing, the better.