In 2017 the wikiHow for Creating a Kin First Culture was developed based on input gathered from a convening of nine jurisdictions - Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin, as well as several key national kinship organizations - the ABA Center on Children and the Law, ChildFocus and Generations United, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
This tool was created to foster the development of a kin first culture, defined as a child welfare system that consistently promotes kinship placement, helps children in foster care maintain connections with their family, and tailors services and supports for kinship foster families. This wikiHow includes the seven fundamental steps to creating a kin first culture and accompanying tools to implement the steps. Click here to download the full wikiHow guide.
In 2022 the ABA Center on Children and the Law and Generations United with support from Casey Family Programs developed a brief entitled Kinship Promising Practices to help jurisdictions implement a kin first culture by sharing promising kinship practices from across the county. This brief shares state examples organized by seven main topics to help jurisdictions change policy and practice to promote kin placement and permanency. Click here to download the full Kinship Promising Practices brief.
January 17, 2023 Kinship Best Practices Webinar which highlights the examples found in the Kinship Promising Practices brief, released in October 2022 in partnership with Casey Family Programs.
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