Franklin County Children Services has compiled information and resources that will be helpful to families and caregivers during the coronavirus pandemic. This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.
During this time of isolation, friends, family members, and neighbors need to actively engage in preventing child abuse and neglect.
During the uncertainty of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, parents and caregivers need to be prepared in case they become ill. Create a crisis plan for caring for your children in advance. Designate a caregiver for children. This should be someone nearby, who is not at high risk of contracting COVID-19. If a spouse or partner cannot care for children in your home, select a friend, neighbor, coworker or relative. List information for the caregiver prominently in your home, so that it can easily be found by emergency responders. Click here for an example. Create a child care profile for the caregiver that lists your child’s full name, birth date, allergies, medications, likes/dislikes and sleep habits. Also include emergency contacts and copies of their birth certificate and immunization records. If you can’t identify anyone, contact community resources such as hospitals, churches and other organizations to see if they can recommend assistance. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is licensing temporary pandemic child care programs for essential workers. Prepare your home in case of illness. Make sure that high-traffic areas within your home remain clean by using germ-killing cleaning agents. If you test positive for COVID-19, you may remain in the home with your children and their caregivers, providing they are not at high risk of contracting the virus, but precautions must be taken. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have outlined steps to take if you or someone else in your household tests positive for COVID-19. Download the How to Care for Your Child if Your Sick with COVID-19 Brochure.
Helpful resources are available for families during the COVID-19 pandemic.