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Resource Center Response to COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PA Child Welfare Resource Center has taken steps to protect the health of our staff, trainees, and community.

  • All of our locations are closed, effective 3/17/2020 until further notice.
  • While all the buildings are closed, staff will continue to work remotely, allowing us to continue to provide trainings, resources, and support.
  • This page will be updated frequently, as this is an ever-changing situation. Please check back regularly.

Masks Needed for Child Welfare Workers

Training Update

In response to the rapid developments regarding COVID-19, and in line with University, State, and Federal guidance, the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center recently suspended all in-person trainings, effective March 13th, until further notice. Our buildings are closed and staff are working remotely.

Therefore, the current training calendar through June 2020 is no longer relevant and will be adjusted as follows:

  • An alternative online calendar to delivering the initial certification trainings for new Child Welfare Caseworkers and Supervisors starts the week of March 30th. Many Foundations Remote modules 1-4 and STS modules 1 and 2 will be delivered in April.

  • Additional remote online sessions will be added based on further direction regarding the duration of the social distancing guidance.

  • Our online learning platform ( ) continues to be available for your ongoing professional development needs.

  • We hope that we will be able to resume in-person sessions as soon as possible! Once we are able to resume in-person trainings, we will work very quickly to develop and communicate a new training calendar to offer certification and ongoing training sessions.

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we work collaboratively to limit exposure during this difficult time. We remain committed to meeting the essential needs of Child Welfare Professionals across the Commonwealth. You're welcome to direct your questions to your Regional Resource Specialist.

Mandated Reporter HelpDesk

  • For our Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse, our agency will only be able to assist you via email until further notice via We apologize for any inconvenience you may encounter.

County Resources

  • The Education Law Center - has maintained a COVID Resources page with a multitude of resources. Resources include a legal support line, links to FAQs, and media articles from across the Commonwealth. The site also includes school closure resources for youth in foster care, youth with disabilities, and youth experiencing homelessness.

  • The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education - has developed resources related to education and COVID. Resources include tip sheets on how child welfare agencies, school districts, and courts can help support children during the pandemic.

  • Self-care Starter Kit - This resource from the University of Buffalo is an introduction to self-care, developing a self-care plan, and additional resources that could be of assistance

  • Self-care tools - This resource is a collection of self-care tools, curated to specifically cope with COVID-19

  • Self-care Wheel - The wheel can help one visualize what makes up a healthy balance, in one’s life

  • Managing Stress - This resource from the CDC offers ways for parents, first responders, and other individuals to cope and manage the ever changing landscape of this crisis

  • Self-care Strategies - NCWWI has put together a resource of self-care strategies and apps that can be of assistance to the child welfare workforce and families

  • Self-care Practices - This resource has 45 practices to improve your mind, body, and soul

This page will be updated frequently, as this is an ever-changing situation. Please check back regularly.