The Minnesota Department of Human Services urges all Minnesotans who are responsible for the care of a child to make a plan now for alternate short-term care for their children in the event parents or guardians become ill.
To support families in this process, they’ve developed Make a Plan, Minnesota, which guides families through a process to identify possible caregivers, gather vital family and child information, and share their plan with others.
Developing an emergency plan can help you and your family be prepared for whatever comes your way. It is never too early to develop a plan for your family. It is also a good idea to revisit and update existing plans. This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is requiring us to plan in different ways than other emergencies. One important plan to have in place is what to do if a parent or guardian becomes sick or hospitalized due to the virus.