May 4, 2020

Resource Guide: Caring for Your Family During COVID-19

The Family Support Programs division of the Washington State Department for Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) has developed a resource guide to help parents and caregivers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This work was done in recognition of the increased demands for parents during this time.

The new Washington State Resource Guide for Parents and Caregivers: Caring for Your Family During COVID-19 is a compilation of information and resources to help bolster the incredible resiliency of parents and families. You are encouraged to share this with your families and/or hope you find it useful yourself.

DCYF recognizes the challenges parents and caregivers are experiencing during this unprecedented time. Many parents and caregivers are carrying the burden of school closures and limited child care availability, all while facing their usual work schedules, working from home or job loss.

The resources in this guide are intended to help parents, caregivers and their families understand, manage and respond to the stress and uncertainty of an infectious disease outbreak. These are unique circumstances for families in Washington and around the world. DCYF and partners are working to ensure parents statewide have the resources they need to be successful and strong.

This resource guide is organized in the widely-used and accepted Protective Factors framework that outlines five areas of focus for parent, child and family well-being. It was inspired by the voices, stories and strengths of families and communities in Washington and Prevent Child Abuse partners across the country.

View the Resource Guide here.