Kinship Education Preparation and Support (KEPS)

Note: The Kinship Education Preparation and Support (KEPS) program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: Formal kinship caregivers in a large urban city

Program Overview

KEPS was implemented to address the needs of formal kinship caregivers in a large urban city. Its four goals are to provide kinship caregivers with:

  • Education, preparation, and support focusing on concrete information relating to all aspects of the public child welfare system
  • Peer support from other caregivers to help build on or strengthen the skills needed to parent the children in their care
  • The skills needed to manage the behavior of the children’s birth parents
  • The skills to work with line workers as a team to support case planning goals

Education and Training

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is some training available for 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.

Green, Y. R., & Gray, M. (2013). Lessons learned from the Kinship Education and Support Program (KEPS): developing effective support groups for formal kinship caregivers. Social Work with Groups, 36(1), 27-42. doi:10.1080/01609513.2012.698384

Type of Study: Focus group
Number of Participants: 43


  • Age — Mean=59 years
  • Race/Ethnicity — 45% African American, 45% Latino, 5% White, and 5% Biracal
  • Gender — Not specified
  • Status — Participants were caregivers, child welfare workers, KEPS trainers and child welfare commission workers

Location/Institution: California

Summary: (To include comparison groups, outcomes, measures, notable limitations)
This study examines the effectiveness of the Kinship Education Preparation and Support (KEPS) program to support the needs of formal kinship caregivers. Results indicate that themes emergent from the focus groups were: the need for, and benefits of, support programs for formal kinship caregivers, implementation challenges, and improvements for KEPS. This study is limited in that it only reflects the perspectives of kinship stakeholders involved in the public child welfare system in one county in California, and thus these perspectives may not be representative of the national population of formal kinship families

Length of postintervention follow-up: None.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Kinship Education Preparation and Support (KEPS).

Contact Information

Yolanda R. Green, PhD

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2017