Topic: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
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.
The CEBC also provides information on financial support programs for kinship caregivers.
- 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 the 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.
One Program with a Scientific Rating of 2 - Supported by Research Evidence:
- Kinship Navigator (CHN-KN) Children's Home NetworkInformal and formal kinship families, relatives, and nonrelatives raising children who are not being raised by parents
Four Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:
- KEEP (Keeping Foster and Kin Parents Supported and Trained)Caregivers of children 4 to 12 years of age in foster or kinship care placements
- Kinship Caregiver Engagement and Support ProgramPotential and current kinship caregivers such as grandparents, other relatives (aunts/uncles, older siblings, etc.), and "fictive kin," (...
- Kinship Supports InterventionKinship caregivers (relatives and fictive kin) of children involved in child welfare systems (children aged 0 to 18), regardless of custody status ...
- Support Groups for Grandparent Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disabilities and Delays – non-responderGrandparent caregivers of children with developmental disabilities and delays
18 Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated:
- ConnectingYouth 11-15 years old currently in foster or relative care and their caregivers
- Edgewood Kinship Support Network – non-responderKinship caregivers
- Family TiesCaregiver of a relative’s child
- Generations of Hope
[Hope Meadows]Vulnerable populations such as foster/adopted children, aging out foster youth, women ages 21-25 years that were foster children and ...
- GrandFamilies House – non-responderFamilies where the grandparents are raising their grandchildren
- GrandParent Family Apartments – non-responderOlder relatives (usually grandparents) who are raising children under 18 years of age
- Grandparent Family Connections (GFC)Grandparent-headed household families at risk for child maltreatment
- Grandparents as Parents – non-responderRelative caregivers who have taken on the role of parent to their child relative
- Kin as Teachers (KAT) – non-responderRelative caregivers raising children from birth to kindergarten entry
- Kinship Care Connection (KCC) – non-responderChildren and their kin caregivers
- Kinship Education Preparation and Support (KEPS) – non-responderFormal kinship caregivers in a large urban city
- Kinship Navigator Program - ArizonaKinship caregivers, such as grandparents, other relatives (aunts/uncles, older siblings, etc.), and fictive kin," who are raising children (...
- Kinship Navigator Program - Family Connections Grantee ModelKinship caregivers, such as grandparents, other relatives (aunts/uncles, older siblings, etc.), and "fictive kin," who are raising ...
- Kinship Navigator Program - Washington StateGrandparents 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)Grandparents and other kinship caregivers who are not the biological parents of the child in their care
- Peer-to-Peer Kinship Liaisons – non-responderKinship foster parents
- Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG)Grandparent-headed families of grandchildren (ages birth to 16 years) in which the birth parents are absent
- Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) – non-responderRelative caregivers caring for children outside the foster care system
Jill Duerr Berrick, PhD, Zellerbach Family Foundation Professor
Co-Director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy
School of Social Welfare, University of California