COVID-19 has forced us to alter some of our practices. But we remain laser-focused on protecting and promoting the well-being of the children we serve.

To that end, our volunteers continue to check on the kids they serve at least once a month, visiting  outdoors or by video. (Indoor visits are currently banned, though our Board of Directors may modify that policy in December.) Volunteers are also staying in regular contact with children's caregivers (and others involved in the children's lives) by phone, email and/or video.

We know families are under increased stress during the pandemic and that traumatized children may especially struggle with 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.

CASAs are not attending court hearings in person; we're attending by video or phone only. But we are submitting reports to judges regarding the children's well-being prior to every hearing, as usual.

Also important to know:
  • Visiting policy: Volunteers must sign CASA's COVID-related visiting policy before meeting with children/caregivers in person. The policy explains CASA's ground rules for safe visits. These include wearing masks and maintaining physical distance. Volunteers, the policy has been emailed to you. Stay tuned for an update in December.
  • Office hours: Our office is closed to visitors. Staff are mostly working from home. Email is the best way to reach us (rappcasa@gmail.com), but volunteers, don't hesitate to 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.
  • Khan Academy: Free online educational resources and daily schedules. Click here.  
  • School lunch programs:
    • Fredericksburg Public Schools Mobile Feeding Program. Click here
    • Spotsylvania County Public Schools food distribution plan. Click here
    • King George County Public Schools "grab and go" meals info. 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