The following resources provide policies, strategies, and training on searching for relatives and kin connections for children in the child welfare system.
Family Connectedness FAQ's (PDF - 33 KB)
Answers frequently asked questions on family connectedness, including questions on defining the need for connectedness, perspective issues, using connectedness maps, and legal issues.
Family Finding From a Judicial Perspective (PDF - 245 KB)
Judges' Page Newsletter, October 2008
Describes what judges need to know about family finding and the need to encourage the child protection system to use family finding whenever possible.
Finding Relatives for Children
Describes strategies policymakers can use to support overburdened State agencies through legislation and initiatives that help States better identify and recruit relatives and other caring adults to provide for a child's safety, well-being, and permanency.
Family Search and Engagement (FSE) Program Manual
Washoe County Department of Social Services (2016)
Describes the implementation of the FSE program in Washoe County, including historical context. The manual discusses system readiness for program implementation and the six stages of operationalized intervention in order to assist field offices in implementing similar programs.
Lighting the Fire of Urgency: Reunification of Families in America's Child Welfare System (PDF - 1,536 KB)
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2005)
Provides information and tools to quickly identify and engage relatives for children and youth in America's child welfare system. The results, strengths, and challenges of replication projects in California, Illinois, and Washington are discussed.
Making "Relative Search" Happen: A Guide to Finding and Involving Relatives at Every Stage of the Child Welfare Process (PDF - 460 KB)
Highlights practical approaches to overcome challenges to expanding relative connections at the policy, agency, and worker levels. Internet tools for finding relatives are listed, as well as additional links, resources, and tools.
Six Steps for Family Finding (PDF - 64 KB)
Outlines six steps in achieving legal and emotional permanency for children and adolescents by identifying adults who are or have been key supporters of the child or parents.
Six Steps to Find a Family: A Practice Guide to Family Search and Engagement (FSE) (PDF - 2,900 KB)
Provides detailed guidance on casework practice that supports family search and engagement in order to provide permanency for youth. Six steps focus on both youth involvement and practice steps to identify and involve kin and fictive kin in the youth's life.