NEW Administration for Children and Families, Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-21-09- Provides a definition of “short-term support” under the temporary pandemic flexibilities of Division X for Title IV-E agencies participating in the Title IV-E kinship navigator program.  On August 6, 2021,the Children’s Bureau issued guidance clarifying that short-term direct assistance to kinship families through the Title IV-E flexible funding opportunity for kinship navigators should be limited to no more than four months, and should mirror TANF’s short term assistance.  We are disappointed in this guidance as 4 months does not adequately address the needs the COVID-19 pandemic has created, which was the very purpose of this funding opportunity. 


We continue to encourage those states that have not accessed the flexible funding opportunity to consider applying as other very important kinship navigator services and supports, evaluation, and administrative costs can be reimbursed in full dating back to April 1, 2020 and through September 2021. See below for application materials.


As of July, the Children’s Bureau had approved applications for this flexible funding from 15 states and 1 tribe:  Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah,  West Virginia and Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe.  Four states and 1 Tribe were pending review:  California, Connecticut, Colorado, Montana, and the Tolowa Nation.  Four additional states were planning to apply: Delaware,  Maryland, Oregon, and Washington.



NEW Administration for Children and Families, Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-21-05 - To instruct title IV-E agencies on actions needed to receive title IV-E Kinship Navigator flexible funding for April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021 and Title IV-E Pre Print Attachment

Program Instruction from the Children’s Bureau that clarifies the steps federally-funded state and tribal child welfare agencies must take to obtain full federal reimbursement for kinship navigator programs dating back to April 2020 and extending through September 2021.  To obtain full reimbursement for both evaluation and program costs, which can include legal assistance and concrete goods for caregivers, these programs do not yet have to meet federal evidence-based requirements.  Rather, the state or tribal agency must simply provide an assurance that the program is or will be in the process of being evaluated and briefly describe those activities in the pre-print attachment.  


Administration for Children and Families, Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-21-06.  This Program Instruction provides guidance to state, territorial and tribal title IV-E agencies on the actions required to apply for FY 2021 title IV-B, subpart 2 funding to support the development, enhancement or evaluation of kinship navigator programs.  Applications for funding were due to Children’s Bureau Regional Offices by May 28, 2021.

PI-21-06 Attachment A - FY 2021 Kinship Navigator Estimated Allotments

PI-21-06 Attachment B - FY 2021 Kinship Navigator Funding Request

PI-21-06 Attachment C - RPMs


Grandfamilies and Kinship Care Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, February 9, 2021 Webinar

A 60-minute webinar highlighting the grandfamilies and kinship care provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, some of the most significant being those providing additional federal funds for kinship navigator programs. Generations United staff are joined by experts from the Children’s Defense Fund and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law to provide an overview of new federal investments in kinship navigator programs, grandfamilies housing, and relevant child welfare programs that can help grandfamilies. 


Kinship Navigator Programs: Practical Tips and Resources

A practical resource from Generations United for states, tribes and territories implementing kinship navigator programs (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 (2018).

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-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).


Children's Bureau Grantee Synthesis:  Kinship Navigator Programs

Information and lessons learned from the 2012 kinship navigator grantees' experiences implementing kinship navigator programs, including cross-cutting themes and promising practices (2019).


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). 


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)


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