Peer-to-Peer Kinship Liaisons

Note: The Peer-to-Peer Kinship Liaisons program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: Kinship foster parents

Program Overview

The intent of Peer-to-Peer Kinship Liaisons is to strengthen kinship foster parents' caregiving skills while empowering them as key stakeholders in providing care and protection for vulnerable children. A secondary intent is to foster trust and support among all parties involved in the kinship caregiving aspect of a child welfare program.

Education and Training

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and 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.

Denby, R. W. (2011). Kinship liaisons: A peer-to-peer approach to supporting kinship caregivers. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(2), 217-225. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.09.004

Type of Study: 226
Number of Participants: One-group pretest-posttest study


  • Age — Adults: 29-70 years; Children: 0-18 years
  • Race/Ethnicity — Adults: 43% African American, 35% European American, 15% Latino/a American, 2% Asian American, and 5% Multiracial; Children: 60% African American, 26% European American, 24% Latino/a American, 4% Asian American, 1% Native American, and 19% Multiracial
  • Gender — Adults: 88% Female and 12% Male; Children: 60% Female and 40% Male
  • Status — Participants were caregivers who were caring for their relative's children due to abuse and/or neglect.

Location/Institution: Clark County, Nevada

Summary: (To include comparison groups, outcomes, measures, notable limitations)
The purpose of this study was to show the efficacy of the Kinship Liaison program. Measures utilized include the Relative Caregiver Self-assessment Scale, the Peer-to-Peer Measure and Service Logs. Results indicate that kinship liaisons are extremely helpful to caregivers and reveal 27 support categories that caregivers find most useful. One of the most significant services (i.e., information and referral) provided by the liaisons increased caregivers' knowledge of accessing available services and the permanency process. Data results show significant increases in caregivers' coping abilities and willingness to become a permanent resource for the children in their care. Limitations include nonrandomization of participants, lack of control group, small sample size, and length of follow-up.

Length of postintervention follow-up: 90 days.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Peer-to-Peer Kinship Liaisons.

Contact Information

Ramona Denby

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2017