Kinship Care Connection (KCC)

Note: The Kinship Care Connection (KCC) program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

Kinship Care Connection (KCC) 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: Children and their kin caregivers

Brief Description

The KCC, is an innovative school-based intervention designed to increase children's self-esteem and to mediate kin caregiver burden through the implementation and evaluation of support groups and case management services (including counseling, advocacy, and resource procurement) for caregivers and tutoring, mentoring, counseling, advocacy, and resource procurement for children.

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Strozier, A. L., McGrew, L., Krisman, K., & Smith, A. (2005). Kinship care connection: A school-based intervention for kinship caregivers and the children in their care. Children and Youth Services, 27(9), 1011–1029.

Type of Study: One-group pretest-posttest study
Number of Participants: 307

Population:

  • Age — Adults: 19-70 years, Children: 1-15 years
  • Race/Ethnicity — Adults: 68% African Americans, 20.8% Caucasian, 8.5% Latino, and 2.7% Other; Children: Not specified
  • Gender — Not specified
  • Status — Participants were recruited by the school based social worker at elementary schools in a large Southern metropolis.

Location/Institution: Florida

Summary: (To include comparison groups, outcomes, measures, notable limitations)
The current study tests the efficacy of the Kinship Care Connection (KCC), to increase children’s self-esteem and to mediate kin caregiver burden. Measures utilized include the Hare Self-esteem Scale (HSS), and the Caregiver Self-Efficacy Scale (CSE). Results indicate increased self-esteem in children and mediated kin caregiver burden for families participating in the KCC. Limitations include lack of randomization, lack of control group, and lack of follow-up.

Length of postintervention follow-up: None.

References

No reference materials are currently available for Kinship Care Connection (KCC).

Contact Information

Name: Kerry Littlewood
Email:

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2017