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Canadian Research regarding Child Welfare and Pandemic 2020


Sistovaris, Marina
Fallon, Barbara
Miller, Steven
Birken, Catherine
Denburg, Avram
Jenkins, Jennifer
Mishna, Faye
Sokolowski, Marla
Stewart, Suzanne


Toronto, Ontario: Policy Bench, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, University of Toronto.


This is a brief summary of the literature scan that was conducted on child welfare and pandemics which focused on potential policy solutions that could mitigate the impact on children in the care of Canada’s child welfare system.

Information for Contract Service Providers

As a legislative service, the Ministry is required to continue to fulfill its obligations under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act, in particular assessing harm and danger and ensuring the well-being of children.

Contract service providers are a critical partner and the safety and wellness of all of our staff and children we serve is paramount. As you are aware, the situation in Alberta is evolving rapidly and we are continuing to assess what it means for Child Intervention delivery.

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We commit to providing regular updates to contract service providers.

As of March 16, 2020, all worksites as well as group care and residential facilities are being asked to limit onsite guests to essential visitors only. We are also asking all offices and facilities to post the attached note at entrances and reception

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Here are some resources that have researched and vetted by the CARE team at Cornell University. Please share with agencies. Allen Balser

Guidance for Parents

Child Trends: Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents

 Supporting younger children: PBS.orgfeaturing Daniel Tiger

Supporting older children: NPR featured cartoon

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