Training in Kinship Care
The following resources offer access to training materials and curricula for administrators, supervisors, and caseworkers providing kinship care services to children and families. State and local examples.
Collaborating With Kinship Caregivers: A Research-to-Practice, Competency-Based Training Program for Child Welfare Workers and Their Supervisors
Mayers Pasztor, Petras, & Rainey (2013)
Child Welfare League of America
Presents a 12-hour curriculum "Collaboration Model of Practice" to teach professionals how to facilitate collaboration with kinship caregivers to enhance child safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in their care.
A Courtroom for All: Creating Child and Adolescent-Fair Courtrooms (PDF - 3,564 KB)
Phillips & Walters (2013)
Outlines how to create child- and adolescent-fair courtrooms and provides suggestions for when a child must testify that might help make the process less intimidating and fairer and that may assist children who are experiencing difficulty in the courtroom.
The Kinship Care Practice Project
Jane Addams College of Social Work
Provides links to the Achieving Permanency in Kinship Foster Care Training Manual and Videos created as well as recent research on Informal Kinship Care.
Tools for Working With Kinship Caregivers (PDF - 150 KB)
Lists training materials that can be used for kinship caregivers, assessment tools, handbooks for caregivers, relevant websites, and additional print materials.
Training Kin to Be Foster Parents: Best Practices From the Field (PDF - 100 KB)
Presents efforts to adapt foster parent training to the needs and circumstances of kinship caregivers, including Federal licensing requirements and State and county efforts to develop training for kinship caregivers.
State and local examples
Achieving Permanency for Children in Kinship Foster Care
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program (2006)
Enhances child welfare professionals' understanding of the context of practice in kinship care, how to convene the kinship network, empowering the family, and supporting a permanency plan for the family, all of which is essential to the case planning and service delivery for children placed in kinship care.
Diligent Search Information
Florida's Center for the Advancement of Child Welfare Practice
Provides a training manual and forms for conducting a diligent search for relative caregivers of children in foster care in Florida. Topics include absent parents, abandoned infants, putative father registry searches, State and Federal parent locator services, court hearings, and more.
Factors Leading to Premature Terminations of Kinship Care Placements: An Empirically Based Curriculum (PDF - 386 KB)
Chang, Liles, & Hoang (2006)
Presents a training for California social workers that reviews the characteristics of children in kinship care, factors that may affect stability, and strategies for preventing premature termination of kinship care arrangements. Also see the PowerPoint presentation (PDF - 521 KB).
Informal Kinship Care in Minnesota: A Pilot Study: Title IV-E Curriculum Module
Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota (2005)
Examines the needs of informal kinship care providers in Minnesota and recommends support strategies.
Preservice Competencies for Foster and Kinship Care, and Adoption (PDF - 327 KB)
Institute for Human Services & Ohio Child Welfare Training Program (2008)
Lists skill sets caseworkers need to provide effective foster, kinship, and adoption services. Topics include the child protection team; the effects of maltreatment on child development; attachment, separation, and care; behavioral interventions; cultural competence; and permanency.
Supervising for Comprehensive Relative Identification and Exploration Training Curriculum
Child Welfare Training Institute, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine (2009)
Helps supervisors understand the laws and policies on relative search and support staff to effectively identify and explore relatives for all children involved with child welfare services.
Transformational Service Delivery in Kinship Foster Care: Influence of Casey's Breakthrough Series: Title IV-E Curriculum Module
Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota (2009)
Examines the impact of changes to kin search procedures on service delivery to kinship care families.