As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact families and communities, home visitors are demonstrating remarkable resilience, creativity, and adaptability to remote home visiting. The Ounce Washington team has curated a list of resources that focus specifically on home visiting practice.
Supporting Families Virtually during COVID-19
The National Alliance of Home Visiting Models has teamed up with the Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals to create the Rapid Response-Virtual Home Visiting collaborative (RR-VHV). This coalition provides best practice principles and strategies through webinars to support all home visiting professionals in maintaining meaningful connections with families during this time of increased anxiety and need. Topics include providing home visits virtually, enrolling families during COVID-19, engaging families using a protective factors approach, and screening families virtually. Check back regularly for new webinar offerings and updated resources.
Guidance for Virtual Home Visiting Screenings and Assessments
Caregiver Mental Health:
Watch the recorded webinar on Supporting Mental Health During COVID-19 for Washington home visitors by the Ounce Washington and Perinatal Support Washington. The webinar addresses common emotional responses in crisis, strategies and best practices for conducting mental health screenings virtually, as well as practical suggestions for supporting mental health during COVID-19.
- View slides from Supporting Mental Health During COVID-19 Webinar
- Find a list of mental health resources available in Washington here
Intimate Partner Violence:
Futures Without Violence and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) partnered to provide a webinar on Remotely Supporting Survivors During COVID-19. It includes federal recommendations regarding IPV screening, virtual CUES, and practical strategies for connecting with local domestic violence advocacy programs and virtual safer planning for families.
- View slides from Remotely Supporting Survivors During COVID-19
- View more COVID-19 resources by WSCADV
- Read the handout on providing healthcare to minors under Washington law
Brooks Publishing has developed a resource collection for using the ASQ in a Virtual Environment that includes resources for families and providers. In addition, this Live Q&A with Brooks Publishing focuses specifically on questions raised by home visitors.
Child Abuse and Neglect:
Watch the webinar Home Visitors’ Attending to Risks for Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19: A Guided Reflection by Zero to Three on how home visitors can reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect during quarantine.
Brooks Publishing hosted a webinar on using PICCOLO and HOVRS with virtual home visits to support positive parent-child interaction during COVID-19. To view the webinar, submit your information on the registration page and you will be connected to the recording.
More information about the Home Observation Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Inventory will be coming soon!
Home Visitor Mental Health and Well-Being
- Zero to Three is leading weekly mindfulness breaks
- Ounce Washington is offering drop-in Virtual Listening Sessions for home visitors and supervisors in Washington state. For more information or to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Department of Children, Youth and Families is maintaining a page of responses to frequently asked questions related to Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA) contracts
- Public Health – Seattle & King County has posted numerous resources on COVID-19 and is available in thirty different languages
- The Ounce’s COVID-19 response page provides policy and advocacy resources as well as resources and activities for parents.
- Zero to Three has curated a list of extensive resources for early childhood professionals, including resources for families, self-care strategies, and online professional development opportunities