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The NJ Department of Children and Families is continuing to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus and its impact on children, families, our staff and our partner providers, throughout the state. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NJ Department of Health are providing ongoing guidance and direction regarding necessary precautions and action plans. The experts agree that Coronavirus prevention strategies are similar to what we do to prevent the flu:

  • Wash your hands in soap and water, regularly
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home and rest

NJ COVID-19 Information Hub 

COVID-19 Resources for Families/Youth 


Guidance Document Date Summary
NEW: Letter to Resource Parents regarding COVID-19 vaccine   5/17/21 Notifying resource parents of expansion of COVID-19 vaccination to children 12 and over and reinforcing guidance from 4/23/21 requiring approval of CP&P prior to scheduling resource youth for vaccination.
Letter to Resource Parents regarding COVID-19 vaccine   4/23/21 Directing resource parents/families to obtain CP&P approval prior to scheduling resource children 16-18 for COVID-19 vaccination.
"Community Immunity" Webinar w/ DOH on Vaccine Safety (YouTube Link) 3/23/21 DCF webinar with DOH representatives for its contracted service providers, offering information about COVID-19 and efforts to vaccinate New Jersey's child- and family-serving infrastructure.
COVID-19 Family Fact Sheet, Spanish 10/1/20 Resources for families regarding healthcare, rental/mortgage assistance, basic needs, employment, etc.
In-Person Parent-Child and Sibling Visitation Tips During COVID-19, Spanish   8/21/20 Summary of expectations related to COVID-19 health and safety precautions for parents having in-person visits with CP&P-involved children
In-Person Visitation Guidance for Parents, Spanish, Korean  7/28/20 Guidance related to COVID-19 safety precautions for resource parents facilitating and parents participating in in-person visits with CP&P involved children
COVID-19 Youth Resource Guide    7/2/20 Helpful tips and resources for youth during the COVID-19 pandemic related to accessing food and nutrition, transportation, social connections, financial assistance, etc.
DCF Extends Services for 21 Year Olds in Foster Care   6/12/20 Notice to CP&P-involved youth that services have been extended past the age of 21 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Support Children during COVID-19   Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child’s tips for parents and caregivers on how to support children’s learning and development during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CDC: Talking to Children about COVID-19  5/20/20 CDC tips on how to talk to children about COVID-19.
COVID-19 Power of Attorney Guidance 4/9/20 Tips for parents/caregivers to prepare in case they become unable to care for their children due to COVID-19 or other circumstances.
COVID-19 Power of Attorney Form 4/9/20 Template for parents/caregivers to utilize to designate a temporary caregiver should they become unable to care for or make decisions for their children.
DHS Guidance for Individuals and Families of Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities    NJ DHS advice for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families during COVID-19 regarding basic prevention, signs and symptoms, etc.
Certificate of Waiver of Medicaid/ NJ FamilyCare and Charity Care Co-payments for COVID-19 Testing, Visits for Testing and Testing-related Services  3/10/20 NJ DHS waiver of co-pay requirements for COVID-19 testing, visits for testing and testing-related-services for recipients of Medicaid, NJ Family Care or NJ Charity Care.
New Jersey Job Portal to Connect Out-of-Work Residents to Opportunities in Critical Industries   NJ COVID information hub job portal connects Out-of-Work Residents to Opportunities in Critical Industries.


Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation
Guidance Document Date Summary
Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation COVID-19 Pandemic Guidance  10/21/20 These documents and tools for group respite providers and families who utilize group respite services provide information on re-opening procedures, screening and admissions, capacity and other safety protocols.
Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation Facility Readiness Tool 10/21/20  
Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation Re-Opening Attestation  10/21/20  
Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation Individual Needs and Risk Assessment  10/21/20  
Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation Receipt of COVID-19 Information Form  10/21/20