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PFAN raising parents’ voices

We hope you are safe and well at this difficult time.

Coronavirus and social distancing are putting stress on families and communities, and are tough on parents with child welfare involvement. PFAN is dedicated to building the power of parents affected by the child protection system.

We need your help to make PFAN the best source of help and information on humane child protection post coronavirus: 

Parents and family members

If coronavirus is impacting on you, PFAN wants to hear from you. Please complete this brief survey so that we can learn from you about difficulties you face and what has helped.

Parent & Family Survey

Information, tips and guidance on child protection during the coronavirus crisis

PFAN is also collecting information on national and international responses to coronavirus as they affect parents, families and children involved in the child protection system. Please share you tips, good practices, guidance and information with us using the form here.


If you have examples of good practice or important information to share please send us details

Please circulate this request around your contacts

Sadly PFAN is not able to work on individual cases. We have some ideas for possible support here

Good Practice

Browse or Search our Coronavirus pages​

Browse through all our pages or select a topic to see what we have found.

Tips for remote family contact

Tips for remote family contact

This paper Things to do when you cannot be with your child. Ways to supplement Face-to-Face visits or when those are not possible. was written by Rose Marie Wentz gives useful tips for parents who are having to contact their ... Read More
Supportive Remote Visitation

Supportive Remote Visitation

This video aims to address foster parents concerns about remote visits which include fear of inviting someone into their home, albeit remotely, confusion on how the visit will be structured, and needing to know how much or little they are ... Read More

Advocacy and contact during the pandemic

In this video Heather Cantamessa, Chair of the board of the International Parent Advocacy Network, is interviewed about her work as an advocate with parents particularly focusing on family contact. View video ... Read More
FISH's covid-19 info page

FISH’s covid-19 info page

Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter in Australia has created an info page for parents with children in care in New South Wales. Whilst the information is of particular use to those in Australia the ideas are relevant around the ... Read More