Kinship Navigator Programs
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 established grants to fund kinship navigator programs. These programs connect children involved with child welfare to grandparent or relative caregivers, and they help those caregivers identify and access needed services. The following resources provide more information on kinship navigator programs, including State and local examples.
Kinship Navigator Programs: Narrative Analysis
Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center
Reviews State initiatives that provide information, referrals, and follow-up services to grandparents and other relatives raising children to link them to the benefits and services they or the children need.
Kinship Navigator Projects
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Describes projects funded through the Children's Bureau's Family Connection Grants Program to assist kinship caregivers in learning about, finding, and using programs and services to meet their needs and the needs of the children they are raising.
Recognition for Informal Kinship Care With Kinship Navigator Programs
Children's Bureau Express, 11(6), 2010
Discusses new and existing kinship navigator programs and the ways they address the service and support needs of kin caregivers.
State and local examples
California Kinship Navigator Program
Kinship Support Services Program, California Department of Social Services
Provides information and referral services to kinship caregivers in California through a toll-free telephone number and a website.
Connecticut Kinship Navigator
United Way of Connecticut
Provides a comprehensive list of links to kinship care family resources and services in Connecticut.
Florida Kinship Navigator
Florida Kinship Center
Links kinship caregivers to needed services in Hillsborough County, FL, by helping relative caregivers navigate social service systems, and helps them to secure resources for their children.
Kinship Navigator Pilot Project Replication Manual (PDF - 210 KB)
TriWest Group (2005)
Helps service providers and policymakers use lessons learned in Washington's Kinship Navigator Pilot Project to expand and improve programs that support kinship caregivers of children and youth.
New Jersey Kinship Care Navigator
New Jersey Division of Family Development
Provides a 211 information telephone number, details about TANF programs and Medicaid, and other resources and services for kinship caregivers in New Jersey.
New York State Kinship Care Navigator
Catholic Family Center's Aging & Adult Services
Provides information and resources such as emergency telephone numbers, informational fliers, and a list New York State Office of Children and Family Services local kinship programs.
Ohio Kinship Care Navigator
Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio
Guides grandparents and other caregivers to resources, programs, and services in the community. Educational and enrichment Kinship Clubs are held monthly; a newsletter includes a schedule of events.
South Carolina Kinship Navigator Services
Connecting for Kids
Helps kinship caregivers find community resources and support services and offers foster and adoptive parent training.
Children's Home Society
Guides caregivers through the system with resources such as information on health, finances, legal services, support groups, training, emergency funds, and more.