7. Create A Strong Community Network To Support Kin Families

Community based organizations and other public systems can often be a child welfare agency’s best allies in achieving positive outcomes for children in kinship care. Community partnerships can ensure that kin have access to the tailored services and supports they need for the child.

  1. Engage other public systems, such as schools, early care and education, economic security, and aging services to support children, parents and kin.
  2. Involve legal stakeholders, including the judiciary, attorneys, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), tribal courts, in supporting the agency’s priority for kinship placement and connections.
  3. Provide opportunities for kinship families to network with each other through mentoring, support groups and leadership development opportunities.
  4. Develop strong relationships and referral processes with community-based organizations, including tribal child welfare programs, that can provide tailored, culturally appropriate and relevant services to children, parents and kin.
  5. Partner with private providers to meet the therapeutic and other needs of children, parents and kin.
  6. Partner with kinship foster parents, youth, and other community stakeholders on the development of child welfare policies and protocols


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Promising State Examples

Project Healthy Grandparents- Georgia State University

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Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network brief highlighting Project Healthy Grandparents. This research-based community program at Georgia State University provides in-home nursing and social work services to grandparents and the grandchildren they raise. Throughout the 12- month intensive intervention, PHG places an emphasis on building upon each grandparent’s strengths to educate and empower them, so they have the tools to continue their caregiving journey. The core components of the program include: monthly home visits with registered nurses; case management and monthly home visits with social workers; developmental screenings for the grandchildren; monthly caregiver support groups; and additional supports as identified by grandparents.

Shelby County Relative Caregiver Program

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Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network brief highlighting the Shelby County Relative Caregiver Program. The program's overarching goal is to help families maintain stability so children can remain in the care of their kin. They accomplish this goal through a vast array of services and supports such as youth mentoring, financial assistance, and concrete goods. The program’s unique services, driven staff, committed partnerships, and the relationships that staff members have been able to build with the families all contribute to their exemplary designation.

Project GRANDD (Grandparents Raising And Nurturing Dependents with Disabilities)

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Grandfamilies & Support Network brief highlighting Project GRANDD in Atlanta. The program serves any kin caregiver raising a child with disabilities in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Project GRANDD’s core components include: case management with wrap-around services; support groups for adults, children, and teens; material assistance; and family events.

To Support Kinship Caregivers, Systems Serving Children and Families Must Collaborate on Delivering Services

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Child Trends blog describing challenges faced by kinship caregivers and their children and offers suggestions for how systems can work together to provide a safety net. When systems work together to provide supports, it helps kinship caregivers provide safe, stable, and loving homes to the children in their care.

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