Evaluating Kinship Care Programs
The following resources discuss kinship care evaluation strategies and present results of kinship care program evaluations, including State and local examples.
A Fine Balancing Act: Kinship Care, Subsidized Guardianship, and Outcomes
In Achieving Permanence for Older Children and Youth in Foster Care
Shares promising results from evaluations of subsidized guardianship programs for relative caregivers and discusses key considerations that should be addressed in developing kinship and guardianship policies.
Five Key Questions to Assess the Fiscal Impact of the Guardianship Assistance Program (PDF - 120 KB)
ChildFocus & Children's Defense Fund (2010)
Cites five critical questions that States should ask in evaluating the fiscal impact of Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP). The questions are based on research on the experience of States that have subsidized guardianship programs and those that have applied to take the GAP option.
Indicators of Quality in Kinship Foster Care
Falconnier, Tomasello, Doueck, Wells, Luckey, & Agathen
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 91(4), 2010
Reviews the literature and explores the characteristics of children and caregivers in kinship homes, and examines existing tools for measuring kinship care quality.
State and local examples
AARP New York State Kinship Summit Reports
New York State Kinship Navigator
Provides resources to support grandparents and other relatives who are caring for children.
African-American Boys in Relative Care and a Culturally Centered Group Mentoring Approach
Washington, Johnson, Jones, & Langs
Social Work With Groups, 30(1), 2007
Reviews the integration, implementation, and outcomes of a culturally centered group mentoring intervention program piloted with African-American boys in a relative caregiver program in Memphis, TN.
Caring Communities Demonstration Project, Clark County, Nevada: Final Report 2003-2009
Caring Communities Demonstration Project (2010)
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Describes a systems of care approach that increased the use of kinship care and improved child safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes.
Finding Family Connections Pilot Project: Final Report Narrative (PDF - 3963 KB)
Iowa Department of Human Services (2008)
Shares case studies and highlights successes and lessons learned from the Finding Family Connections Pilot Project, an Iowa initiative that operated from February to September 2007. The project sought relatives and kin to provide a lifelong connection with and who may serve as resources for children in foster care.
Overview and Preliminary Evaluation of the Relative Caregiver Assistance Program (PDF -106 KB)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (2008)
Presents an initial descriptive summary of kinship care arrangements in Texas since the inception of the statewide Relative Caregivers Assistance Program and an early evaluation of the effect of financial assistance for kin caregivers.
Project Healthy Grandparents: Early Intervention Support Services: Final Report & Executive Summary
Georgia State University Research Foundation (2006)
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Describes the activities and outcomes of a federally funded project designed to support grandchildren with developmental delays who are being raised by their grandparents in Atlanta, GA. Quantitative and qualitative data was collected to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
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 (2009)
Highlights findings from a study that explored major changes in kin searches and their effects on service delivery to kinship care families in a county human services department.