COVID-19 forced us to alter some of our practices. But we never stopped speaking up for the safety of vulnerable children, and we've now returned to near-normal advocacy practices.

CASA's volunteers see the children they serve at least once a month to observe them and hear what's on their minds. During the height of COVID, most visits took place outdoors or by video, with indoor visits permitted only under certain circumstances. Since June 2021, fully-vaccinated volunteers have been able to resume indoor visits. Fully-vaccinated volunteers and staff also can attend indoor meetings and court hearings regarding the children.

Unvaccinated volunteers must meet with children and others outdoors or by video and can attend court hearings/meetings only by phone or video. 

All staff and volunteers continue to adhere to the safety-minded protocols outlined in Rappahannock CASA's COVID-related policies, which our Board of Directors periodically review and update.

We know families are under increased stress because of the pandemic, and traumatized children especially may struggle with the emotional strain and disruptions to their usual routines. We encourage our advocates to offer a listening ear to children and caregivers and provide opportunities to hear about and help solve challenges.

A few details:
  • COVID policies: Our volunteers must carefully review, sign and follow our established policies, which were crafted after careful deliberation by our Board of Directors. 
  • Office hours: Our office is open to visitors by appointment only. Email remains a great way to reach us: rappcasa@gmail.com. You can also reach us by phone at 540-710-6199. Volunteers can call staff's cell phones. 
Helpful resources for CASAs and families:
 
  • The Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With The Coronavirus Disease 2019, from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  Click here
  • CDC Coronavirus site. Click here.
  • Kids Health: How to Talk to Your Child about Coronavirus. Click here.
  • Local Departments of Social Services:
    • Fredericksburg: 540-372-1032
    • King George: 540-775-3544
    • Spotsylvania: 540-507-7898
    • Stafford: 540-658-8720
  • Virginia Child Protective Services hotline: 800-552-7096