Topic: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs

Scientific Ratings in this topic:

1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence

2 - Supported by Research Evidence

3 - Promising Research Evidence

4 - Evidence Fails to Demonstrate Effect

5 - Concerning Practice

NR - Not able to be Rated

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Definition for Kinship Caregiver Support Programs:

Kinship Caregiver Support Programs are defined by the CEBC as programs that support the needs of kinship caregivers, such as training and education, financial services, and support groups. Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives or, in some jurisdictions, close family friends (often referred to as fictive kin). Kinship care may be formal and involve a training and licensure process for the caregivers, along with monthly subsidies to help defray the costs of caring for the child, or may include voluntary or mediated kin caregivers referring to those relative caregivers caring for children following a child welfare agency assessment to ensure the safety and suitability of the home, or informal caregivers, referring to those relative caregivers caring for children privately, without the involvement of child welfare or other government agencies.

  • Target population: Potential and current kinship caregivers, including relatives (e.g., grandparent, sibling, etc.) and fictive kin (e.g., godparents, close family friends, etc.)
  • Services/types that fit: Interventions to orient new kinship caregivers or to provide training, skills development, education, or support for new or existing kinship caregivers
  • Delivered by: Child welfare workers, behavioral health professionals, or other professionals or paraprofessionals trained to deliver a kinship caregiver support program
  • In order to be included: Program must specifically identify the support needs of kinship caregivers as a goal
  • In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by Scientific Rating Scale) that examines outcomes for the kinship caregiver (e.g., knowledge or skill, psychological support, improvement in kinship caregivers’ satisfaction with their kinship role, or retention of the child in their home) or outcomes for the child(ren) in their care (e.g. placement stabilization, reunification).

Programs in this Topic Area

The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:

Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated:

  • Edgewood Kinship Support Network – non-responder
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Kinship caregivers
  • Family Tiesdetailed view
    ? provisional rating until: Sunday, October 15, 2017
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Caregiver of a relative’s child
  • Generations of Hopedetailed view
    [Hope Meadows]
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Vulnerable populations such as foster/adopted children, aging out foster youth, women ages 21-25 years that were foster children and ...
  • GrandFamilies House – non-responder
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Families where the grandparents are raising their grandchildren
  • GrandParent Family Apartments – non-responder
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Older relatives (usually grandparents) who are raising children under 18 years of age
  • Grandparent Family Connections (GFC)detailed view
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Grandparent-headed household families at risk for child maltreatment
  • Grandparents as Parents – non-responder
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Relative caregivers who have taken on the role of parent to their child relative
  • Kin as Teachers (KAT) – non-responder
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Relative caregivers raising children from birth to kindergarten entry
  • Kinship Care Connection (KCC) – non-responder
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Children and their kin caregivers
  • Kinship Education Preparation and Support (KEPS) – non-responder
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Formal kinship caregivers in a large urban city
  • Kinship Navigator Program - Washington Statedetailed view
    Topics: Post-Permanency Services, Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Grandparents and other relatives (aunts/uncles, older siblings, etc.), ages 18 and over, who are raising children because the children’...
  • Parenting a Second Time Around (PASTA)detailed view
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Grandparents and other kinship caregivers who are not the biological parents of the child in their care
  • Peer-to-Peer Kinship Liaisons – non-responder
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Kinship foster parents
  • Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG)detailed view
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Grandparent-headed families of children (birth to 16 years old) in which the birth parents are absent
  • Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) – non-responder
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Relative caregivers caring for children outside the foster care system
  • Ties That Bind -- Training for Caregivers, The – non-responder
    Topics: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
    Grandparents raising grandchildren whose parents struggle with substance abuse