Engaging Kinship Families in Services
The following resources provide information on strategies to improve relationships between kinship caregivers and the child welfare system to keep kinship families active and involved in services that support the child and family. Includes State and local examples.
|Engaging Families in Case Planning|
|Series Title:||Bulletins for Professionals|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2012 - 13 pages|
|Discusses the importance of involving families in case planning and provides strategies for caseworkers and agencies that can encourage and support family engagement. Strategies include family teaming, solution-based casework, and structured decision-making, among others. Outcomes from States' Child and Family Services Reviews show the need for employing new strategies to engage families. Three examples are provided of innovative ways that agencies are promoting family engagement.|
Fostering Connections: New Notification Requirements May Help Fathers and Paternal Relatives Become Involved With Their Children (PDF - 188 KB)
National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System (2010)
Explores the impact of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act on identifying, locating, and engaging nonresident fathers.
Grandmothers' Involvement Among Young Adolescents Growing Up in Poverty
Journal of Research on Adolescence (2007)
Explores how young adolescents function over time based on grandmothers' residential status and their level of caretaking responsibility.
Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren: Tensions, Service Needs and Involvement with Child Welfare Agencies
Gladstone, Brown, & Fitzgerald
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 69(1), 2009
Explores the tensions experienced by grandparents raising their grandchildren who are involved with child welfare agencies, the ways that child welfare agencies alleviate these tensions, and factors that prevent grandparents from using services.
Relative Placement in Child Protection Cases: A Judicial Perspective (PDF - 225 KB)
Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 61(2), 2010
Discusses how changes in the child protection system could engage relatives in court processes.
Understanding Birthparent Involvement in Kinship Families: Influencing Factors and the Importance of Placement Arrangement
Green & Goodman
Children and Youth Services Review, 32(10), 2010
Examines birth parent involvement in informal and formal kinship families using subgroups of birth parents with varying ranges of involvement. Findings indicate that birth parents are more likely to be involved when there is an informal kinship arrangement and when there is a close relationship between the grandmother and birth parent.
State and local examples
The Enhanced Home Visiting Pilot Project: How Early Head Start Programs Are Reaching Out to Kith and Kin Caregivers: Final Interim Report (PDF - 400 KB)
Paulsell, Mekos, Del Grosso, Banghart, & Nogales (2006)
Describes the efforts of Early Head Start programs to collaborate with community partners when providing services to kinship caregivers and lists which community partners were engaged.
Family Engagement: Maximizing Family Resources and Kinship Connections (PDF - 358 KB)
Corinne Wolfe Children's Law Center
Child Protection Best Practices Bulletin: Innovative Strategies to Achieve Safety, Permanence, and Well-Being (2007) Explains that family engagement is a critical component of ethical and effective child welfare practice, and embraces core principles, values, and a number of practice habits related to assessment, case planning, care decisions, and permanency that are being used in New Mexico.
Family Search and Engagement: A Comprehensive Practice Guide (PDF - 1178 KB)
Catholic Community Services of Western Washington & EMQ Children and Family Services (2008)
Describes how to locate, engage, connect, and support family resources for youth. The guide supports implementation of these complex practices by identifying issues and activities involved and portrays a variety of tools to assist the practitioner in daily work.
Treat Them Like Gold: A Best Practice Guide to Partnering With Resource Families
North Carolina Department of Social Services, Jordan Institute for Families (2009)
Provides tools and strategies agencies can use to build, refine, and sustain partnerships with resource families.