Kids' Turn San Diego COVID-19 Updates

Last updated 3/26/2020

SDSU COVID-19 Resource

Dear Supporters and Friends,

Please see this resource guide from San Diego State University for a variety of support resources available during the coronavirus outbreak. Though some of the material is specific to SDSU, the resource guide is a wealth of information and resources to help you and your family weather this challenging time.

Take care,

Cindy Grossman, LCSW

Executive Director

Kids' Turn San Diego Programs Go Online

Published 3/25/2020

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As we all adjust to the new reality of a pandemic, Kids’ Turn San Diego has gone virtual. We are currently working remotely and offering our programs through virtual meeting platforms.

For example, children who are receiving counseling are now engaging with their counselors through virtual meetings. To ensure we protect the children and families, we purchased a system so our services are offered with HIPPA compliance.

Our March Family Workshop had two face-to-face meetings, and weeks 3 and 4 have shifted to virtual programming. We had minor technology challenges on week 3 but are confident they have all be resolved going into this week.

We are running three virtual groups including two parent groups and one teen group. The teens in this group are amazing. Not only did they choose to participate, but they also worked together on an art project for the graduation through an online design system.

In addition to the two parent groups, we are providing Spanish translation for this Workshop. Our incredible translator listens to one of the Parent Group Leaders and then translates our program into Spanish on a separate virtual meeting for our parents who requested these translation services.

It doesn’t stop there! For the children ages 5-7 and 8-11, since these children are too young to actively participate in virtual programming, our staff created videos that can be watched by the children and parents together. We want to ensure that all children learn that their parents’ divorce is not their fault, that they are not alone because there are lots of other children living in divorced families, and how to identify and share their feelings.

We are so fortunate to have such adaptable and flexible people on our team!

Looking ahead, our April Family Workshop will be offered virtually. Almost 50 parents are scheduled to attend! We will be running Parent and Teen Groups and will be providing weekly videos for children ages 5-7 and 8-11. Co-parenting is sometimes challenging and it has never been more challenging than now. This is a time where Kids’ Turn San Diego must step up and share our expertise!

Starting in April, we will be offering a virtual series of weekly classes for parents. Class topics will include “Managing the Coronavirus Together as Co-Parents,” “Managing Your Children at Home ALL the Time,” and “Taking Care of Yourself During this Time of the Pandemic.” The final class topic is in the development stage and more information will be released soon.

Many of the parents attending the April Family Workshop are temporarily unemployed due to the “Stay at Home” order. They are worried about paying their April rent and monthly bills and do not have the funds to attend our program. Yet they desperately need our program to help them transition through their family separation and divorce. Their children need our program to know that they are not to blame and that they are loved by both their parents, regardless of how many houses they live in. Family Workshop tuition is $400 per parent, and there are no additional costs for children.

Kids’ Turn San Diego is incurring extra costs to run our programs virtually. These extra costs include purchasing technology that is HIPPA-compliant and protects confidentiality; mailing program materials to parents and their children; and hours of dedicated staff time to create program videos for the children. However, our program tuition remains the same for our participants.

YOU can help families attend our program by making a gift today. Every gift of $300 will ensure that a family is able to attend our program for just $100. Larger gifts will ease the financial fears of parents even more!

Imagine being in Blanca’s position. Blanca lives paycheck to paycheck. She has a nice apartment and meets all of her children’s needs. But Blanca is terrified. She lost her job due to the coronavirus. She was told that she is eligible for unemployment assistance but won’t see a check for weeks or even a month. She is terrified that she will be unable to pay her rent or buy food for her two children. She recently divorced and is registered for the April Family Workshop. Our program policy is that every parent must pay something.

Will you please help Blanca and many families like hers by making a gift today of $375? This would enable Blanca to attend the program for $25 so she is able to put food on her table and a roof over her children’s head.

Please contact us if you have any questions. As we are currently working remotely, please email us at info@kidsturnsd.org for a same-day response or leave a message at 858-521-0027 if you are able to wait a few days to hear back from us.

We realize this situation remains very dynamic as information continues to change from one day to the next. Please continue to check our website for updates. We are committed to serving families through virtual programming while ensuring the highest quality service with as little disruption as possible.

Our commitment to San Diego families experiencing separation and divorce remains the same. Through participation in Kids’ Turn San Diego programs, parents will gain insight into their words, actions and behaviors while learning new coping and communication skills and strategies that ultimately result in better parent-child relationships, more effective co-parenting relationships and happier children.

Wash your hands and stay healthy!

Cindy Grossman, LCSW

Executive Director

A Letter From the Executive Director
on KTSD Programs and COVID-19

Published 3/21/2020

Dear Friends and Supporters,

At Kids’ Turn San Diego, the health and safety of the families we serve, our staff and the community are our utmost priority as we experience the public health pandemic of the Corona Virus: COVID-19 together. This is uncharted territory for all of us and to ensure that we are following all the current CDC guidelines, our Counseling program has currently put a hold on accepting new clients and our Family Workshop Program scheduled for April 2020 will be offered virtually.

We piloted this virtual program model with the current Family Workshop on March 18th and are happy to report that this model worked effectively. As predicted, there were a few technological challenges, but we were ready and prepared and everyone was able to participate in our virtual program. While we’re still learning, we will be fully operational with virtual programming for the April Family Workshop for Separated and Divorced Families that begins on April 4th. Decisions about future Workshops will be determined and communicated as available. We are taking this situation one day at a time.

These decisions were not easy for Kids’ Turn San Diego, as we understand challenges related to separation, divorce and co-parenting. At the same time, we are obligated to ensure the health and safety of you, your children, our staff and community. Although offering virtual programming has never been a consideration of Kids’ Turn San Diego in the past, we want to ensure that you are able to learn skills, strategies and techniques by completing our program.

At this time, Family Court Services are closed. If you are registered for our April program and, for any reason, would prefer to transfer to a future Workshop, we are happy to provide the transfer.

We are currently working in our offices with a smaller than usual staff, maintaining all CDC guidelines and are prepared to transition to remote operations if this is required. If you need anything, please email first at info@kidsturnsd.org or call 858-521-0027.

We realize this situation remains very dynamic, as information continues to change day-to-day. We will provide updates, as available, to families registered for our programs. We are committed to serving you and your family through virtual programming while ensuring the highest quality service with as little disruption as possible.

Our commitment to the San Diego community of families experiencing separation and divorce remains the same – through participation in Kids’ Turn San Diego programs, parents will gain insight into their words, actions and behaviors while learning new coping and communication skills and strategies that ultimately result in better parent-child relationships, more effective co-parenting relationships and happier children.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@kidsturnsd.org or call 858-521-0027. For tips about explaining the Coronavirus to your children, please check out our blog, featuring a helpful video to watch as a family.

Wash your hands and stay healthy!

Cindy Grossman, LCSW

Executive Director