The Strength of Families and Connection Project Recommended Resources (Aims strengthen the capacity of child welfare workers, service providers and alternative caregivers)

The Strength of Families and Connection project aims to strengthen the capacity of child welfare workers, service providers and alternative caregivers to effectively prevent and respond to the needs of children and families in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the support of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Child Welfare League of Canada has partnered with the Canadian Consortium on Child and Youth Trauma and the Canadian Foster Family Association to promote trauma-informed and equity focused responses to child maltreatment that encourage social inclusion, and connections to family, community and culture, mental health and child safety.

Equity and trauma-informed tools for helping families through COVID-19.

Protection of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Children and Alternative Care : Immediate Response Measures. Better Care Network, The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and UNICEF, 2020. As seen at:

Anti-Black Racism Analysis Tool for a Radically Equitable COVID-19 Response Unit. The City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, June 2020. As seen at:–-City-of-Toronto-2020-06.pdf

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, Technical Note: Protection of Children during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Version 2, May 2020. As seen at:

From Risk to Resilience: An Equity Approach to COVID-19. The Chief Public Health Officer of Canada’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2020. As seen at:

Left Out: Children and youth with special needs in the pandemic. The Representative for Children and Youth, BC. December 2020. As seen at:

COVID-19 and Gender Based Violence in Canada. Key Issues and Recommendations. Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, 2020. As seen at:

Thulien, N.S., Noble, A., Akdikmen, A., Ali, D., Coplan, I., Daley, M., French, D., Hwang, S.W., Kidd, S., & Roglich, J. (2020). Pandemic Proof: Synthesizing Real-World Knowledge of Promising Mental Health and Substance Use Practices Utilized During the COVID- 19 Pandemic with Young People Who Are Experiencing or Have Experienced Homelessness. Toronto: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press. As seen at:

The Toronto Fall Out Report: Half a year in the life of COVID-19. Toronto Foundation, 2020. As seen at:

Saint-Girons, M., Joh-Carnella, N., Lefebvre, R., Blackstock, C., & Fallon, B. (2020). Equity Concerns in the Context of COVID-19 – A Focus on First Nations, Inuit, and Meìtis Communities in Canada. Toronto, ONT: Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal. As seen at:

Ryan Giroux MD, Cindy Blackstock PhD, Radha Jetty MD, Susan Bennett MD, Sarah Gander MD (2020) COVID-19 and Indigenous children in Canada: What can paediatricans do?, Canadian Paediatric Society. As seen at:

Rebecca Vivrette and Jessica Dym Bartlett (2020) Trauma-Informed Strategies for Supporting Children and Youth in the Child Welfare System during COVID-19. Child Trends. As seen at:

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