Kinship care is a viable alternative to foster care for many children, however, the proper supports and services must be in place for the families. This article describes a kinship navigator program for children and kin caregivers involved in Child Protective Services in-home treatment cases. The program was piloted over a three-year period to assess and address the service needs of kinship caregivers. Using the Family Needs Scale as a measurement tool, the results of the evaluation are provided along with a discussion of the need to support caregivers to provide the best outcomes for children in kinship care.
Sutphin, S. T.
(2015). Using Kinship Navigators to Assess the Needs of Kinship Caregivers. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, 2 (1).
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