SAFY COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19— We're in this together!

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the way we live our daily lives, we remain steadfast in our Mission to Preserve Families and Secure Futures. We’re adapting the ways in which we provide quality care, responding rapidly and adjusting with technology to best serve families and children. The safety and well-being of those in our care is our top priority. The information that you’ll find on this site is aimed to help you access necessary resources. We are here and ready to serve you in this new normal. If you have questions you can email us at info@safy.org or call 1-800-532-7239.

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth is a virtual technology that connects families and children to vital health care services through videoconferencing, electronic consults and wireless communications.  

How do I use technology for telehealth with my SAFY clinician? 

SAFY clinicians are using Skype for Business technology because it is HIPAA compliant and protects the privacy for both parties—SAFY and the client being served. Here is a quick video tutorial on How to use Skype

These services are designed to preserve the family unit and increase health and well-being. They are delivered in a child’s and family’s natural environment. Our goal is to empower all individuals and families seeking treatment with skills to lead self-sufficient and fulfilling lives. For additional assistance contact your SAFY worker or email info@safy.org

Foster Parent Trainings and Informational Sessions!

The need for foster parents has not diminished. In fact, in the month of March, SAFY received 400 referrals. We continue to work with caring adults on their journey to become foster parents. Prospective parents are engaging with our licensing staff to seamlessly move through the required training to become a licensed foster parent using Skype virtual technology.

Virtual training sessions: We are providing a variety of virtual training sessions to keep foster parents current on their licensing requirements. To learn more about the training schedule, contact your local SAFY division office or email info@safy.org.

Safety Resources for Crises

During times of high stress, it is even more important to be on the lookout for signs of crises and suicidal ideation or self-harm.

Here are some “do’s” and “do not’s” related to how to respond to someone in crisis.

Verbal Responses in Crisis

Learning that your child or teen is having a suicidal experience can be scary. This resource is designed to  support parents in keeping their youth safe.

Parent Tips for Suicide

This resource targets adolescents, if they or a friend are having a suicidal experience.

Preventing Youth Suicide

Helping Children Cope

This time is difficult for all of us. Children of different ages may respond differently; this guide suggests ways parents can help children during this time.

NCTSN COVID Help Sheet

Caring for Yourself

Making time for caregiver self-care is even more important during this crisis. This resource offers ideas for prioritizing your wellbeing.

Caring for the Caregiver

SAFY COVID-19 Response