NEW Practical Tips and Resources: Kinship Navigator Programs
This Generations United memo, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is intended to provide tips and resources to states and tribes new to kinship navigation (2020).
Using New Federal Funding Opportunities to Develop Effective Kinship Navigator Programs Webinars
Regional webinars delivered on accessing new federal funding available under the Family First Prevention Services Act for states, tribes and U.S. territories and developing high quality, evidence-based programs. This webinar featured presentations from national experts, local programs, and kinship caregivers. It also includes information about how to develop programs to meet evidence-based standards and highlight opportunities for further technical assistance. Hosted by Generations United as part of a regional webinar series supported by Casey Family Programs.
Dec. 4, 2018, West Coast, Midwest, Alaska, Hawaii
Dec. 5, 2018, Southern Region
Dec. 6, 2018, Eastern Region
Administration for Children and Families, Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-19-01:
Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Funding Available for Developing, Enhancing or Evaluating Kinship Navigator Programs
On January 8, 2019, the Children's Bureau issued a program instruction on how to apply for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 kinship navigator funds. These funds and their application process mirror the FY 2018 kinship navigator funds and application process. 46 states, 8 tribes, and 2 territories applied for and received FY 2018 funds. These, and the remaining jurisdictions, should also apply for FY 2019 funds.
This program instruction provides specific guidance on how to apply for FY 2019 funds to develop, enhance or evaluate kinship navigator programs. This funding request must be completed by no later than March 15, 2019. As with the FY 2018 funds, jurisdictions are not required to match the federal funds.
The goal of this funding, as with the FY 2018 funding, is to help states, territories and tribes take advantage of ongoing federal funding for kinship navigator programs, which is available as of October 1, 2018 thanks to the Family First Prevention Services Act. Jurisdictions can receive ongoing federal reimbursement for up to 50% of their expenditures to provide kinship navigator programs that meet certain evidence-based requirements of promising, supported or well-supported practices. This federal support is available regardless of whether the children for whom the services are being accessed meet income eligibility requirements for Title IV-E.
Administration for Children and Families, Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-18-11:
Requirements for Participating in the Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program
On November 30, 2018, the Children’s Bureau issued a program instruction on how title IV-E agencies may participate for ongoing federal reimbursement for kinship navigator programs under the Family First Prevention Services Act.
Casey Family Programs Kinship Caregiver Navigator Pilot
Final evaluation report of Washington State's kinship navigator program (2005).
Family Connection Discretionary Grants 2009-Funded Grantees Cross-Site Evaluation Report – Final
Final evaluation report of the 2009 kinship navigator programs funded by the Children's Bureau (2013).
Help Children Being Raised By Grandparents and Other Relatives and Their Relative Caregivers by Expanding and Establishing Kinship Navigator Programs
A fact sheet from the Children's Defense Fund (2009).
List of Kinship Navigator Programs
Updated in April of 2018, this spreadsheet contains the name of approximately 70 Kinship Navigator Programs throughout the country. Included in this document is the name of the progam, website and areas served (2018).
The Face of Kinship Care Documentary
This film, developed by CWLA and the NYS Kinship Navigator, portrays the compelling and inspiring stories of three kinship families and the love and devotion they show to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In a rare moment of recognition and validation, kinship caregivers see their story represented on screen. The film is a critical tool to help inspire, educate and energize human services agencies, caregivers, and policy makers.
If you are interested in more information on renting the film, please visit the CWLA bookstore. The rental price is $19.95.
Using Kinship Navigators to Assess the Needs of Kinship Caregivers
Describes a kinship navigator program for kin caregivers involved in the child welfare system and explains supports that kinship caregivers need to be successful. Sutphin. GandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice, and Policy, 2(1), (2015).
2017 Child Information Gateway Podcasts
Arizona Kinship Support Services PSA & Caregiver Testimonials
Igniting Hope in South LA (from Community Coalition)