Updated as of March 19, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Extraordinary Families will be updating information on this page as new information becomes available from health and government officials.

Extraordinary Families’ Statement on Coronavirus

During what might be a challenging and confusing time for us all, we want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our staff, resource parents, partners, and, most importantly, our children and youth in care, are our greatest priority. Extraordinary Families is adhering to all regulations and guidelines from health and government authorities related to containment of COVID-19, and we have implemented a number of crucial measures to keep our staff safe and provide services to our clients to the best of our ability during this uncertain time.

In addition to converting all of our meetings, support groups, and trainings to teleconference, and in accordance with guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health, we are implementing social distancing protocols, which includes the closing of the Extraordinary Families business office to the public. The majority of our staff is working remotely, with a skeleton crew working from the office. Our office phone (213-365-2900) will be answered during regular business hours and we are all reachable via email.

While we are exercising an abundance of caution to keep everyone safe, our children in foster care still need us, and we need to be there for them. We will continue to conduct orientations, resource parent trainings, and approve new families during this time in order to carry out our mission.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


Stop the Spread of Germs (COVID-19)

How is the novel coronavirus that can cause COVID-19 spread?

Coronaviruses are primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally have to be within six feet of someone who is contagious for an extended period of time, and have droplets land on them. This is very different from airborne diseases like measles, so the public health response is different.

How can I reduce the risk of getting any viral respiratory infection:

What should I do if someone in my household gets sick?

Most people who get COVID-19 will be able to recover at home. CDC has directions for people who are recovering at home and their caregivers, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
  • Use a separate room and bathroom for sick household members (if possible).
  • Clean hands regularly by handwashing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Provide your sick household member with clean disposable facemasks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others.
  • Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.
  • Avoid sharing personal items like utensils, food, and drinks.

A web-based dashboard tracking cases globally in real-time, provided by Johns Hopkins University Center for System Science and Engineering.

World Health Organization
WHO’s primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations’ system and to lead partners in global health responses.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
As the United States health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.

  • Coronavirus Disease 2019: What you should know, situation updates and information for travel, businesses and more.
  • Travelers’ Health: Recommendations for travel including Coronavirus FAQ’s and travel health notices.
  • Health Alert Network (HAN): Information about urgent public health incidents with public information officers.
  • Pandemic Preparedness: Pandemic basics and past outbreaks, national pandemic strategy, preparedness resources and more.

California State Pubic Health Department

County of Los Angeles Public Health

City of Los Angeles updates

Governor Gavin Newsom’s Directive on Mass Gatherings

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Los Angeles

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Alliance for Children’s Rights composed a list of resources and information to help Los Angeles-based foster youth, their caregivers, and families impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The list includes resources for food assistance, emergency housing, healthcare, and more.

• The Los Angeles County Library provides various digital resources you can access 24/7, no matter where you are. With a library card number and PIN – you can access:

Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks on OverDrive or Libby.
Stream movies and TV shows on Kanopy and Hoopla.
• Check out digital magazines via RBdigital.
Stream music on Freegal.
TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated and talking picture books.
Brainfuse provides kids and learners of all ages with one-on-one homework help and
tutoring from 1:00 – 10 :00 p.m. every day.

• Sign up for ReadyRosie to get texts or emails with ideas for family engagement tips and early learning opportunities.

Spark your child’s curiosity with access to 10,000 small group video chat classes (for Ages 3-18) —created and taught by inspiring teachers.

• Educational content will stream on the PBS SoCal and KCET websites, on the free KCET app – available on Roku and Apple TV – and on the PBS Video app, also available on Roku, Apple TV as well as Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Google Play and YouTube.

• Sign up for a weekly newsletter from PBS Kids with ideas for activities and tips you can use to help children play and learn at home.

• Sign up for virtual weekly drawing classes through Studio Ghibli Series: Sketching Classfor children and youth ages 10-17.

• Take a virtual museum tour.

Livestream Story Time  (Fridays 4-4:30pm) or Yoga (Tuesdays and Fridays 12-12:30pm) from Friendship Foundation

San Diego Zoo animal webcams

Monterey Bay Aquarium webcams