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Videos

    The It’s All Relative: Supporting Kinship Connections Video Series is developed by the Children’s Bureau’s Capacity Building Center for States.These videos can be used as a tool for training new child welfare professionals on kinship care. The video series demonstrates the important role that kinship caregiver’s play in the lives of children across the country and how strengthening these diverse families can help achieve positive outcomes for children. 

    Featured Videos:  Community Members who Become Family

    Morris and Michelle's Story

    Demonstrates the dedication and flexibility needed when providing kinship care in order to navigate things like visitation schedules, foster care certification processes, and permanency proceedings. In this video, kinship parents discuss coming from an empty nest and readjusting to the parenting role, the valuable assistance they received in the process of becoming certified foster parents, and the necessity of respite provided by family and friends.

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    Maria's Story

    Addresses the challenges that some caregivers face in their dual roles as grandparents and kinship parents and the value of support networks. In this video, a paternal grandparent discusses how she and her husband provide security and stability for their family by focusing on their grandsons’ emotional and educational needs with valuable agency support and maternal family involvement.

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    Gloria's Story

    Emphasizes the importance of community and caseworker support in having the resources needed to promote family well-being, particularly when caring for children with special needs. This video highlights the perspective of a kinship caregiver who is an Athabaskan native teaching her grandchildren the Navajo culture and community traditions and passing down her grandparents’ stories. 

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