Updated April 2020
Kids FIRST provides services to vulnerable members of our community, and we understand that child abuse doesn’t stop during a global crisis like COVID-19. Prioritizing the health and safety of our staff, clients, and community partners is very important to us. We will continue to respond to reports of abuse and neglect, and we will ensure that we do this in the safest way possible. One of our mission-critical roles in the community is to provide safety to the children we serve, and in this time, that responsibility extends beyond keeping them safe from abuse alone. Despite the fact that children generally are not one of the population's most vulnerable to COVID-19, we also know that the single most critical protective factor aiding a child’s recovery from trauma is the caregiver and family supports they have in place. Kids may recover quickly, but their parents, grandparents, and neighbors may not. Serving our kids means protecting their families.
At this time, we are limiting non-essential access to our facility. When possible, we’re moving employees to remote work in an effort to have fewer team members onsite. Our facility is being professionally sanitized nightly. We are continuing to schedule assessments for children and families impacted by abuse in our community. As a safety precaution, we are screening visitors by asking COVID-19 screening questions and doing temperature checks. If you visit the center, you may also see team members in masks or other protective equipment. Don’t be alarmed; we’re just trying to keep you safe.
Thank you for your continued support and your strength during this time of uncertainty. It’s your words of encouragement that continue to inspire us along with the children and families we serve!
Sarah M. Stewart
P.S. If you have a child in your life that is asking questions about COVID-19, we found this great article on how to talk to them about what is happening in an informative and hopeful way.