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Rise TIPS for Coping with Video Visits

We know that if you’re visiting your children in foster care only by video or phone because of the pandemic, you are suffering. We hope this tip sheet on coping with virtual visits, self-advocating and taking care of yourself can help you stay strong during this tough time. You will make it. You can get through this and get your children home. 

Read the TIPS:

* Your Rights to Visit Despite the Pandemic:

Despite the coronavirus, parent-child visiting should continue. Keep advocating for the least restrictive visits possible.

* How You Can Help Your Child Cope: For everyone, feeling some sense of safety and control brings your stress system back down. For children, play is probably the most important thing, because play is how the brain builds strong circuits for resilience.

* Making the Most of Virtual Visits

Visit the Rise website for additional resources that may be helpful with visiting during the COVID-19 shutdown. 

>> Advocates and allies: Please forward to parents!  
Resources for Parents Separated from their Children or Facing Family Crises 

We are undergoing an unprecedented time. Rise wants to do its part in providing support for our parents during this challenging time. Visit the Rise website for resources that may be helpful with self-advocacy and visiting during the COVID-19 shutdown. 

Domestic Violence Text Hotline 
With domestic violence on the rise, New York launched a text service for victims.

Resource List for Foster Youth and Families
This document provides an extensive list of resources for youth and parents impacted by foster care, including info on emergency funds, employment and college.

Resources for Families Under Stress

Supporting Your Children and Yourself

A lot of families are under stress and pressure, especially while trying to maintain their children’s well being. COVID-19 Special Edition: A Different World: This podcast from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child provides tips on supporting child development during the pandemic. This article provides an array of resources and tips on taking care of yourself and your children and supporting their development. 

Free Food for Students

The Department of Education is providing free meals for all NYC students between Monday-Friday, 7:30am-1:30pm. 

Rise Resources for Families 


Support Groups for NYC parents
Rise is hosting bi-weekly parent-led support groups - by video - for NYC parents impacted by child welfare and coronavirus. 

Wednesdays 5-6pm, for parents with children at home
Fridays 11-12pm, for parents separated from their children

Please email Jeanette Vega for info:

Parent Survey
Rise is gathering information to learn about parent’s concerns and needs related to the coronavirus shutdown so that we can advocate for impacted parents.
PARENTS: Please take our survey on how coronavirus is impacting your family

>> Advocates and allies: Please forward to parents!  
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