Family Ties

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About This Program

Target Population: Caregiver of a relative's child

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 19

Brief Description

Family Ties provides case management and resource and referral to ensure permanence for children being raised by relative caregivers. Assessment and case planning guide services for the caregiver and family are provided through:

  • Support groups
  • Educational classes
  • Referral to community resources with followup, including therapy
  • Assistance with legal guardianship
  • Respite
  • Recreation events
  • Networking with other caregivers
  • Emergency assistance
  • Transportation;
  • Any other identified need.

Family Ties is designed to be used with families that are not connected to the child welfare system, but are informal placements rather than placements in formal foster care. Therefore, the majority of the caregivers take care of children who are not dependents of the court. Referrals for dependency would only occur when there is a safety issue to be addressed.

Program Goals:

The goals of Family Ties are:

  • Assess the needs of each relative caregiving family
  • Create a plan for each family to address their needs and identify anything that might prevent them from caring for their kin children
  • Address the clinical dynamics of the relative caregiving family
  • Improve parenting skills to enable relatives to continue to parent children in their care
  • Achieve permanency through legal guardianship or adoption, or healthy return to birth parent when possible
  • Provide networking opportunities for caregivers and children to avoid isolation and establish support

Contact Information

Carol Bishop, LMFT
Agency/Affiliation: Seneca Family of Agencies/Kinship Center
Phone: (831) 455-4702

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2017