COVID19 – Information, Links and Resources

Child Welfare

Education and Special Education



Juvenile Justice

Medical-Legal: Benefits and Resources

CCA Webinar: COVID-19 Resources and Information


Medical-Legal – Benefits and Resources

Vaccine Information from North Central Network of Care

Memos and Updates from Jay Sicklick, Director, CCA Medical-Legal Partnership


Resources for Families, October 2020
English – Housing, Utilities, Income Supports, Food Supports, General Support
Spanish – Vivienda, Servicios Públicos, Asistencia Monetaria, Asistencia Alimenaria, Apoyo General

Income Security

Public Assistance – Temporary Family Assistance (Cash Benefits)

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Stimulus Checks – CARES ACT: How do you get your stimulus check?


Health Insurance


Need for Health Insurance due to Loss of Employment / Meets Income Guidelines


Utility Protection

Utility Protection for Low-Income Families: Hardship Customers are Protected through May 1

Utility Protections and COVID-19, Orders from the Connecticut Public Utility Commission, Sep 2, 2020

Community Outreach during a Pandemic, National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition, Covid-19: Using New Challenges to Inspire Meaningful Solutions, Patricia King, PECO Energy, Manager, Community Engagement; and Bonnie Roswig, Esq, Director, Disability Rights Project, Center for Children’s Advocacy, July 2020

CCA Video: Covid and Utility Payments, June 2020
Video update: Although COVID-19 protection is over, your utility service cannot be turned off during the Winter Protection period of November 1 – May 1. Utility companies must offer you a plan that you can afford. Everyone receiving assistance such as food stamps, HUSKY, etc, should be in a $50/month payment plan. Call your utility company to get information. Here are the details.

Energy Assistance/Fuel Oil


Food Security

Food Resources: DCF Memo April 21, 2020


WIC offices are closed for walk-in, but applications and inquiries are being processed by phone. 
Contact information for WIC offices in Connecticut, Department of Public Health

Food Stamps (SNAP)

School Meals 

Check the websites for school districts to see which school will provide meals or call 2-1-1. 

Other Food Resources


Housing Protections


Health and Safety


Jay Sicklick, MLP Director and MLP at St. Francis Hospital/Burgdorf: 
Ada Fenick, MD, MLP Medicial Director: 
Bonnie Roswig, MLP at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center:
Rosenthal, MLP at Yale New Haven Health: 
Kathryn Meyer, MLP at Yale Child Study Center:


Juvenile Justice


Office of the Child Advocate Report on Conditions of Confinement for Incarcerated Youth, November 2020 

Older links and information


National Juvenile Justice Network 
Resources and Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic, March 23, 2020

Martha Stone, JD, Executive Director:


Homeless Students

COVID-19 Response for Students who are Homeless or with Experience in Foster Care
Barbara Duffield, Marissa Meyers, Jennifer Pokempner, Jillian Sitjar, March 17, 2020

See Food Security above for school distribution locations, 2-1-1, and United Way

Adam Yagaloff, JD, Staff Attorney, Right Direction: Homeless Youth Advocacy Project:


Child Welfare


COVID-19 Information from the Connecticut Judicial Branch

COVID-19 Information from the Department of Children and Families

Extension of Moratorium on Adolescent Discharge from DCF through Sep 31, 2021, Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes, Feb 2, 2021

Domestic Violence (Intimate Partner Violence) Resources, Alison Karimi, MSW, Intimate Partner Violence Consultant, Department of Children and Families

Foster Family School Decisions, 2020-2021 Memo from Department of Children and Families, Debra Borzellino, Statewide Director of Foster Care, August 28, 2020.

In Person Visitation, How to Minimize the Risk, Department of Children and Families, June 24, 2020

DCF-800, Notice Benefits Terminations Suspended, April 21, 2020

DCF – United Way – Community Providers Collaboration: Warm Line, April 20, 2020
833-258-5011  Resource for families feeling stressed and overwhelmed

DCF Statewide Phone List, including staff cell numbers and names of supervisors, April 15, 2020

Connecticut Juvenile Court Operations for Child Protection Matters  



Memo from the U.S. Children’s Bureau re: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic to Create More Equitable Approaches to Supporting Families, January 12, 2021

Family Justice Initiative  Website: How to provide high quality legal representation to children and parents during the pandemic

National Association of Counsel for Children: COVID-19 Resource Hub and Attorney TIP sheet

Letter from the Children’s Bureau to child welfare legal and judicial community regarding ongoing child welfare legal requirements in cases, March 27, 2020

Parent Tip Sheet for Video Visits,

Stacy Schleif, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, Child Abuse Project:


Education / Special Education

State Department of Education

State Department of Education Resource Page on COVID-19

Special Education Guidance for Parents Related to School Reopening, CT Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and State Department of Education, August 2020

Connecticut School Reopening Plan, State Department of Education, June 29, 2020

Guidance on Student Exiters, SDE, June 5, 2020

From the SDE: official start of summer school on or after July 6. In person learning is an option given students and staffs wear masks and social distancing protocols are in place, among other guidance.  
Rules for Operating Summer School, SDE, June 4, 2020
Guidance on Reopening Schools Safely for Summer School, SDE, June 4, 2020

Guidance for Extended School Year, SDE, May 20, 2020

Child Find during Covid-19, Topic Brief, Early Childhood, SDE, May 20, 2020

Covid Emergency Flow Chart, SDE, May 20, 2020

CT Educational Advocacy Group Recommendations to the State Department of Education in Response to Covid-19 Educational Crisis, AFCAMP, Center for Children’s Advocacy, Commission on Women, Children Seniors, Equity & Opportunity, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, Connecticut Legal Services, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Office of the Child Advocate, SEEK CT (Special Education Equity for Kids), Village for Children and Families, May 14, 2020

Continued Education Opportunities and Special Ed (PPT Guidance), SDE Update, April 24, 2020

Announcement of Districts Receiving Laptops in First Round of Device Distribution,Update from Governor’s COVID-19 Learn From Home Task Force, April 17, 2020

Attendance Guidance and Assuring Student Engagement, Comissioner Cardona, State of Connecticut, State Board of Education, April 9, 2020

State Department of Education Learn from Home Taskforce, Nate Quesnel and Paul Freeman, Co-Chairs,
Governor’s Learn from Home Task Force, April 7, 2020

Due Process Activities under IDEA during COVID-19, Bryan Klimkiewicz, Special Education Division Director, Connecticut State Department of Education, April 6, 2020

Letter from the Center for Children’s Advocacy to State Department of Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona regarding recent guidance issued by the State Department of Education and the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on students with special needs, April 1, 2020

State Department of Education: Continued Educational Opportunities and Approved Private Special Education Programs, Brian Klimkiewiz, Special Education Bureau Director, March 31, 2020

CT State Department of Education, Special Education Division: Memorandum regarding Continued Education Opportunities and Special Ed, March 24, 2020 

CT State Department of Education, Special Education Division: Memorandum regarding Continued Education 


Governor Lamont Executive Orders

State of Connecticut Executive Order 7M, Gov. Ned Lamont, Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19  – Extension of Agency Administrative Deadlines, March 25, 2020

State of Connecticut Executive Order 7L, Governor Ned Lamont, Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic and Response – Extension of School Cancellation, Public Health Measures, March 24, 2020

State of Connecticut Executive Order 7E, Governor Ned Lamont, Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic and Response – Further Suspension or Modification of Statutes, March 21, 2020


Connecticut Educational Advocacy Coalition
Educational Advocacy Coalition Position Letter, July 10, 2020


New Haven Public Schools
NHPS Back-to-School resources update, Oct 2020


Hartford Public Schools

Hartford Public Schools, Distance Learning Plan, March 23, 2020
Information, Chromebook Distribution, Internet Access




Q & A Document from Office of Special Education Programs, in Response to Inquiries Concerning Implementation of IDEA Part B in Current COVID-19 Environment, September 28, 2020

US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students, March 16, 2020

US Department of Education Supplemental Fact Sheet, Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities, March 21, 2020

US Department of Education, Q&A on Services for Children with Disabilities, March 2020


Marisa Halm, JD, Director, TeamChild Youth Justice Project:
Kathryn Meyer, JD, Director, SpeakUp Initiatives:



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