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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 

2020 Furlough 

CWA Memorandum of Agreement

CWA’s Guide to How to Apply for Unemployment

DCF/DOL Teams Call

COVID-19 Resources for DCF Staff 


DCF Working Remote - Resource Page 

Guidance Document Date Summary
NEW: COVID-19 DCF Visitor Screening Questionnaire  10/20/21 Questions each visitor should be asking before safely entering a DCF office
NEW: COVID-19 Return to Office Guidelines  10/15/21 Guidelines on the safe return to a pre-COVID-19 work schedule
UPDATED: COVID-19 Return to Office FAQs 10/15/21 Answers on frequently asked questions from DCF Staff on the return to work
UPDATED: COVID-19 DCF Building Entry Protocols 10/15/21 Information on Health Screening and Building Entry
NEW: COVID-19 DCF Staff Screening Questionnaire  10/15/21 Questions each staff should be asking before safely returning to the office
NEW: COVID-19 Screening Testing FAQs 10/15/21 Answers on frequently asked questions from Staff self screening questionnaire
UPDATED: COVID-19 Notification Protocols  10/15/21 Describes how Human Resources will proceed when staff may have been exposed to COVID-19 and provides steps staff should take if they have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19.
NEW: DCF Vault Presentation  

Schedule Appointment with Vault

10/15/21 Presentation on COVID-19 Testing Mandate process with a link to schedule an appointment with Vault.
UPDATED: CPP Staff and DCF Contracted Visitation Provider Guidance on Family Visits  10/13/21 Contains information for CP&P staff and contracted visitation providers related to parent-child and sibling visitation, including visitation planning and preparation, roles of participants and safety protocols.
Masking, social distancing, travel and visitation 6/10/21 This correspondence provides DCF with updated guidance on masking, social distancing, fieldwork, visitation, transportation and travel. 
Narrative Responses  3/4/21 Responses to questions about notification protocols, the use of PPE, travel, testing, etc. submitted following the DCF staff call with Dr. Laura Taylor from the Department of Health.
DCF Remote Work Policy 3/1/21  
Sick Leave Related to COVID  2/24/21  
DCPP Field Work Guidance   2/3/21 Provides guidance to CP&P staff regarding local office openings and operations, safety and health protocols, vehicles, service provider availability and various fieldwork topics, i.e., visitation, placement, licensing, aging out, and more.
DCF/DOH Teams Call on Vaccine Safety 1/29/21 Dr. Eddy Bresnitz from the New Jersey Department of Health joined the weekly NJ DCF All-Staff Teams conversation with Commissioner Christine Norbut Beyer to answer questions that staff had regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.
DCPP Suspension and Rule Modification  12/14/20 Notice of rule waiver, temporarily permitting CP&P to conduct virtual visits between caseworkers and clients and dispensing with need for signatures on case plans.
Education Guiding Principles  12/14/20 Directs CP&P staff regarding expectations for the education of children in foster care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health and Safety Guidance 7/6/20 Provides guidance for CP&P and IAIU staff on health, safety and hygiene protocols, including proper use of PPE, for in-person contacts, home visits, transportation, etc.
COVID-19 Youth Guidance - Supporting Adolescents and Young Adults in Foster Care 
3/27/20 Provides key resources and tips for youth and young adults involved with CP&P on topics such as food, finances, travel, education, etc. during the COVID-19 pandemic.