EVOLVE Family Services: COVID-19 Update
FOR OUR CLIENTS:
Important information on Coronavirus
This is the first of several planned updates from EVOLVE Family Services regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its impact on the people and the communities we serve.
We realize that this rapidly developing situation is adversely affecting our community in myriad ways. With this in mind, we will continue to provide updates as to how our work will be changing in the coming months.
First and foremost, your health and safety are our first priority.
In light of recent developments in the coronavirus situation, we want to provide some important information on what EVOLVE Family Services is doing to help keep you well.
- Enhanced Cleaning: Our offices utilize enhanced cleaning procedures to clean and disinfect our spaces.
- Working with You: If you choose to cancel appointments to practice social distancing, we understand. We will work with you to meet your needs through other options, to the best of our ability. If you have a required placement or safety visit, please contact your direct worker to discuss your situation and options.
- CDC and MN Department of Health Recommendations: EVOLVE Family Services continues to monitor the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health recommendations on business response to coronavirus. Be assured that we will communicate any changes to standard business operations at EVOLVE.
Things You Can Do to Help us Keep Everyone Well:
- If you or a member of your family is sick, please stay home and reschedule your appointment. Follow your primary care physician’s recommendations for care.
Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, and cover your cough and sneeze to help prevent the spread of illness.
- Follow current recommendations to stop shaking hands.
- Contact the Minnesota Department of Health coronavirus hotline at 651-201-3920 if you believe you have been exposed to the virus.
EVOLVE Family Services General Operations:
EVOLVE Family Services' office will be open with staff working staggering schedules as well as remotely during this time. Staff members will maintain regular working hours during and will continue to be available via phone and email.
EVOLVE's main phone line will continue to be available during regular working hours. However, we strongly encourage our clients to directly email their worker/process coordinator or utilize our general email, firstname.lastname@example.org for the best opportunity for timely response.
As the situation regarding COVID-19 develops, EVOLVE will continue to share updates and resources through available communications channels, including email, Facebook, and Twitter.
Trainings, Home Visits, Etc.:
EVOLVE is cancelling all onsite trainings through April 10, including:
March 17, 2020 - Proactive Parenting Support Group
March 20, 2020 - Pre Foster and Pre Adoptive Parent CORE Education Training
April 3, 2020 – Domestic Adoption Education
We are assessing our ability to provide certain trainings online. We will also provide an update as to the status of future trainings on or before April 1st.
For Home Visits or Scheduled Meetings:
Prior to any scheduled meeting, staff will call to check if anyone is sick in the family. Our staff will reschedule if there is anyone in the home that is ill or if the staff is ill.
What else should you know?
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, EVOLVE Family Services understands there may be a need to reassess the status of these, and other, events. EVOLVE is dedicated to making and communicating such decisions in as timely and thoughtful a manner as possible.
We are sensitive to everyone’s concerns, and we want everyone to feel welcome, comfortable, and safe. We will continue to monitor and assess any new developments and will provide updates via our email, website, and social media, should new information become available.
Please reach out to us with further questions or concerns, and we will attempt to keep information updated to reflect frequently asked questions.
We would like to thank you for your patience during this time of change and uncertainty.
Executive Director, EVOLVE Family Services
International Adoption Announcement
As many in the adoption community are aware, there has been a sharp decline in intercountry adoption in recent years. According to the most recently published annual report on intercountry adoption from the U.S. Department of State, American families adopted just 4,059 children through intercountry adoption between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. This is a decline of over 13% from the previous year, and over 82% decline since 2004. This decline, coupled with the rising regulations and costs of intercountry adoption, has led EVOLVE to the difficult decision to not renew our Hague accreditation. Hague accreditation is required to act as a primary provider to directly provide or supervise intercountry adoption services. We currently serve as a primary provider in China, Colombia, Thailand, and the Philippines, and our current Hague accreditation extends through March of 2021.
Over the course of the next year, EVOLVE will transition out of being a Hague accredited primary provider. Although this means that we will no longer be directly facilitating adoptions in these countries, EVOLVE is pleased to maintain collaborative agreements with other accredited organizations. Through these connections, we will continue our long history of work in intercountry adoption through providing child-focused home study preparation, parent education, family support, post placement and post adoption services. EVOLVE will also continue to provide our full spectrum of child-focused programming in domestic adoption, foster care, family preservation and support services, pregnancy services, therapeutic services, and education.
EVOLVE was among the first agencies in the country to became Hague accredited in 2008 and has continuously maintained this accreditation over the years. We are proud for uniting thousands of children and families through ethical adoption services for nearly 43 years. EVOLVE remains committed to ensuring that all children have the nurturing, support, love, care, safety and belonging of family.
Please contact WRyan@evolveservices.org with any questions or call 651.439.2446.