Assessing and Supporting Relatives/Kinship Caregivers
Find resources in this section for assessing and supporting families caring for relatives' children, including State and local examples.
- Assessing relatives/kinship caregivers
- Supporting relatives/kinship caregivers
- Out-of-home care: Assessing kinship caregivers
- Out-of-home care: Supporting kinship caregivers
Tools for Working with Kinship Caregivers (PDF - 123 KB)
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2005)
Provides resources for child welfare professionals looking for training materials, assessment tools, and handbooks for kinship caregivers.
Training for Kinship Caregivers (PDF - 115 KB)
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2006)
Provides an array of approaches on training and assessment for kinship caregivers in several States.
Assessing relatives/kinship caregivers
Assessing Adult Relatives as Preferred Caregivers in Permanency Planning (PDF - 312 KB)
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2002)
Competency-based curriculum intended to be used in coordination with existing State laws, policies, and best practices regarding safety and family study assessments, placement, permanency planning efforts, and foster/adoptive family licensing/approval procedures.
Assessing and Supporting Kinship Care Givers
Bellefaire JCB (2003)
Training program curriculum designed to improve social work practice with families who are caring for the children of relatives.
Assessment in Kinship Care
Talbot & Calder (2006)
Intended for child welfare practitioners in the United Kingdom, this text discusses kinship care challenges, kinship care assessment, and evidence-based practices in working with extended families and reviews the research evidence on kinship care in Britain and the United States.
Licensing and Payment of Kinship Foster Parents
In Kinship Care: Making the Most of a Valuable Resource
Presents results from a study that examined how child welfare agencies assess kin before placing a child in their care and how this assessment differs from the licensing of nonkin foster parents.
Supporting kinship caregivers
Adoption Support Services for Kinship Caregivers & Their Adolescents
Child Welfare League of America (2003)
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Discusses research findings from a targeted field-initiated research and services project designed to improve permanency, safety, and well-being for adolescents, with a special emphasis on reducing the number of kinship adoption disruptions. A guide for kinship adoptive caregivers provides information on pre- and postkinship adoption services and effective parenting techniques.
Helping Grandparent Caregivers: Kinship Navigator Programs
LegisBrief, 15(27), 2007
Explains the development of comprehensive, statewide kinship care programs to help grandparents and relative caregivers navigate various systems and access needed services and benefits. Programs in Ohio, New Jersey, and Washington are described, along with the authorization of navigator programs in Connecticut, Kentucky, New York, and Indiana.
Foster Parent College (2008)
Discusses several common issues in kinship care situations, including family feuds, allegiance to birth parents, distance, and defiance with the kinship family. This 2-hour online course requires a registration fee.
Kinship Navigator Pilot Project Replication Manual (PDF - 210 KB)
Casey Family Programs (2005)
Intended to help service providers and policymakers use lessons learned in the Kinship Navigator Pilot to expand and improve programs that support kinship caregivers of children and youth. A summary is provided of the program's background, philosophy, and implementation steps, offering a solid foundation for developing a Kinship Navigator program.
Services Used and Services Needed by Kin, Foster, and Matched Parents
Illinois State University, Center for Adoption Studies (2003)
In After Adoption: The Needs of Adopted Youth
Examines services needed and used by kin, foster, and matched parents based on experiences of parents of children adopted from the public child welfare systemyears after the adoption.
Time for Reform: Support Relatives in Providing Foster Care and Permanent Families for Children (PDF - 1031 KB)
Presents findings on the impact of relative care for children in foster care, describes the role of relatives as permanent families for the children in their care, and offers cost-effective ways to support relatives as caregivers through Federal policy.
State and local examples
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Georgia Department of Human Resources (2007)
Includes resources and services available statewide and countywide where grandparents can access further referrals for their individual needs. Lists financial, health, and social services available for grandparents raising grandchildren.
Kinship: A Bridge to Permanency (PDF - 1308 KB)
Roundtable, 20(1), 2006
Describes postpermanency services available to both kinship adoptive and guardianship families through the District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency (article begins on p. 4).
Supporting Maine's Families: Recommendations From Maine's Relatives as Parents Project (PDF - 381 KB)
University of Maine Center on Aging (2005)
Describes the rise of grandparent-headed households, the Relatives as Parents Project (RAPP), the survey to assess the needs of grandparents, information about the financial conditions of kinship families, the importance of community resources for kinship families, and the mental health needs of kinship families. RAPP recommendations are provided for each topic.
Adoption: Preplacement adoption casework practice: Preparing adoptive families - Adoption home study/family assessment
Parenting after adoption - Training adoptive parents
Management & supervision: Training - Training curricula, tools, and materials: Training for foster, adoptive, and kinship families - Kinship-specific training
Management & supervision: Training - Training curricula, tools, and materials: Training for caseworkers - Topical training for caseworkers: Topical training for caseworkers: Family involvement and engagement
Management & supervision: Training - Training curricula, tools, and materials: Training for caseworkers - Topical training for caseworkers: Topical training for caseworkers: Father involvement