The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Emergency:

Information and assistance
for young people in and from foster care.

While the pandemic is creating chaos for everyone, we recognize how hard the challenges fall on young people who experienced (or are experiencing) foster care, especially for those without family support. We've created this page to provide links to resources, information, and opportunities to find support.

*** This is a growing list that is being updated daily. Please check back often. ***

If you have an item to add or need emergency assistance, please email or call 503-717-1552

Check-out State Resources in the Resource Hub

FosterClub maintains a resource hub for all kinds of support from young people in or from foster care. 

We've tagged our COVID-19 resources to make it easy for you to find. 

Please note, we are still cataloging resources and will continuously update the hub. 

Resources for youth & alumni

Will I receive a stimulus check? Guidance for young people in and from foster care

The answer: it depends. Check out this guidance from Think Of Us >>>

Ready to Connect with Peers In/From Foster Care? Check Out Foster Youth in Action: Forums

Foster Youth in Action is hosting weekly forums: Tuesdays: FosterPower and Sundays: Restorative & Community Care. Read all about it >>>

Want to understand what's going on in child welfare because of COVID-19?

Child Welfare COVID Resources Website

Learn how COVID-19 is affecting children, families, and workers involved in child protection, foster care, adoption and guardianship, as well as the increased risks it presents for child abuse and neglect. Learn more here >>>>>>

Having trouble staying connected and need tech to help?

Support for Foster Youth: One Simple Wish

One Simple Wish is working to get laptops into the hands of displaced students. Contact them by email at info@onesimplewish.orgThey can also help by connecting you with donors who may be able to fill other small needs. One Simple Wish website >>>

Having trouble getting what you need to learn online? 

Support for Students who are In/From Foster Care: Together We Rise

Laptops, Wi-Fi, School Support and more... See all the resources at Together We Rise >>>

Self-Care in the Time of COVID-19

As we are navigating the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, naming and allowing ourselves to feel and process, without judgement or guilt, is important for our mental and physical health.

Check out this cool resource.>>>

If you lost your job due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), you likely qualify for unemployment.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: New federal law provides unemployment benefits for self-employed and other workers, adds an additional $600 to weekly benefits, and offers other benefits that you can read about in these FAQs about unemployment insurance or the complete guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor.

To apply for unemployment benefits, select the state where you worked below. You’ll find website links and/or phone numbers to file and learn more about eligibility, benefits, and other questions you might have.

Each state administers their own Unemployment Insurance program, so individual state websites are the best source for updated information.

Visit your state's unemployment insurance website to apply.>>>

Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Thousands of organizations, including non-profits and neighborhood groups, are helping people affected by COVID-19 all across the country. Find Help pulled these programs into one location. Just enter your zip code to find local programs to help you get food if you can’t afford it, bill payment assistance and other programs that serve your area.

Get help for your basic needs here.>>>

COVID-19 and Family Law Issues

This resource from the American Bar Association includes an overview of which states have issued stay at home orders and resources on co-parenting in a crises and COVID-19 and family law issues.  Go to the COVID-19 & Family Law website >>>

Here is a list of more Federal COVID19 RESOURCES

Public Policy / Legislative Action

What We Want You to Know: Recap of the COVID-19 Town Hall for Older Youth

FosterClub's Policy team has three key takeaways from the COVID-19 Town Hall - including what you can do. Read all about it >>>

Message to Child Welfare Leaders from Children's Bureau

3/18/20 A message for Jerry Milner to State/Tribal Child Welfare Leaders. We encourage advocates to review and bring forward in discussions with leaders in your jurisdiction. More >

Message from Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Chairs

3/18/20 A message from the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth to elevate the needs of current and former foster youth. We respectfully request that you include provisions in the next legislative package addressing COVID-19 to provide temporary assistance including support for housing, healthcare, nutrition and other basic needs More >

Resource for Child Welfare Professionals, Foster Parents & Caregivers

COVID-19 Online Training for Foster Parents & Caregivers

Free training for foster parents and supportive adults in child welfare. Learn the basics of COVID-19 and understand how you can support your young people as we navigate this crisis. This module is being updated as resources emerge. Please check back often and look for *New* for additional resources. View training >>>

COVID-19 for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families

Generations United has a webpage for Grandfamilies (kin and relatives). Their FactSheet includes resources on: finding factual, up to date information, practicing excellent hygiene, accessing food and medication, accessing technology, staying connected, talking with kids about coronavirus, managing anxiety and stress/self care, resources and activities for children at home and back-up planning. View the FactSheet >>>

Beyond the Food Pantry: Covid-19 Response for Students Who Are Homeless or With Experience in Foster Care

Guidance from Juvenile Law Center, The Hope Center, and School House Connection. View PDF >