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.
- Engage other public systems, such as schools, early care and education, economic security, and aging services to support children, parents and kin.
- 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.
- Provide opportunities for kinship families to network with each other through mentoring, support groups and leadership development opportunities.
- 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.
- Partner with private providers to meet the therapeutic and other needs of children, parents and kin.
- Partner with kinship foster parents, youth, and other community stakeholders on the development of child welfare policies and protocols
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