Family Ties

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Scientific Rating:
NR

(provisional rating)

Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High

(provisional rating)

See descriptions of 3 levels

Provisional Rating

Family Ties currently has a provisional rating for the 60 days between: August 16, 2017 and October 15, 2017. If you would like to respond to the Scientific Rating, please submit feedback via the Contact Us page.

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Family Ties has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

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

Name: Carol Bishop, LMFT
Agency/Affiliation: Seneca Family of Agencies/Kinship Center
Website: www.kinshipcenter.org/services/kinship-care.html
Email:
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