Kinship Navigator Program - Washington State

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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

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Kinship Navigator Program - Washington State has been reviewed by the CEBC in the areas of: Post-Permanency Services and Kinship Caregiver Support Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Grandparents and other relatives (aunts/uncles, older siblings, etc.), ages 18 and over, who are raising children because the children's parents are unable to do so

Brief Description

The Kinship Navigator Program - Washington State is a program that serves 30 counties and 8 tribes and provides a human services worker known as a Kinship Navigator that provides services to kinship care families in a single or multi-county area or for one of eight Tribes. The role of the Kinship Navigator is to connect grandparents and relatives who are raising children with community resources, such as health, financial, legal services, support groups, training, and emergency funds. Since many kinship care families are unaware of services for which they are entitled, Kinship Navigators also explain how to apply for federal and state benefits. The Kinship Navigator services help kinship care families establish or maintain greater self-sufficiency and long-term stability needed to keep their children out of foster care.

Program Goals:

The goal of the Kinship Navigator Program – Washington State is:

  • Help kinship care families establish or maintain greater self-sufficiency and long-term stability needed to keep their children out of foster care

Contact Information

Name: Hilarie Hauptman
Agency/Affiliation: Department of Social and Health Services
Department: Aging and Long-Term Support Administration
Website: www.dshs.wa.gov/kinshipcare
Email:
Phone: (800) 422-3263 or (360) 725-2556
Fax: (360) 438-8633

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: February 2009