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Moving to In-Person Visits During Covid-19

Please join me on this informative webinar to discuss the myths and realities of resuming in-person family time visits for children in foster care. The webinar will contain some information specific to Washington state, but the ideas and tools discussed will be applicable to anyone involved in child welfare during this unprecedented time.

The webinar will be held live today (6/8/20), but will also be recorded and posted a few days later at

Please note - pre-registration is required to watch the webinar live.

CITA Webinar #4: Moving to In-Person Visits During COVID-19: Dispelling Myths, Fears and Assumptions

The fourth webinar in CITA’s series on Family Time in the COVID-19 Era will be presented live on Monday, June 8th, from 11:30am to 1:00pm PDT.  A recorded version will be posted here, after the event.  As dependency court and child welfare systems work to balance the Family Time requirements of Washington law and the reality of the COVID-19 crisis, we hope these resources are helpful.  

Webinar #4:  Moving to In-Person Visits During COVID-19: Dispelling Myths, Fears and Assumptions

Monday, June 8, 2020 – 11:30 -1pm PDT Advance registration is required for this webinar.  Please register here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

As Washington State relaxes COVID-19 restrictions, DCYF has released guidance on returning to in-person Family Time visits for children in out-of-home care. This webinar will review the guidance and current visit data, and panelists will explain how the lack of in-person contact impacts children, families and permanency planning.  Presenters will explore how COVID-19 myths, fears and barriers to in-person visits can make it challenging to navigate the transition from virtual to in-person Family Time.  To address these challenges, participants will receive ideas and tools for facilitating conversations to plan for successful and safe in-person visits, including how to discuss fears and deal with resistance to in-person family contact. Presenters

  • Rose Wentz, international child welfare and visitation expert

  • Jason Bragg, OPD Social Service Specialist and successfully reunified parent

  • Katie Biron, Connections Consultant with Fostering Connections for Families and a foster and adoptive parent

  • Deanna Morrison, DCYF Permanency Planning Program Manager

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