Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Engaging and Supporting Kinship Caregivers: An Effective Peer-to-Peer Approach
Presenters: Ramona Denby-Brinson, PhD, Keith A. Alford, PhD
Learning Cluster 4: Engaging Parents and Youth
Kinship caregivers prove invaluable to the child welfare system. Yet despite positive outcomes associated with kinship care, caregivers frequently fail to receive the services and support they need. A U.S. Children’s Bureau System of Care Demonstration Project—a peer-to-peer approach to supporting kinship caregivers—has yielded promising results. This session addresses the approach’s planning process, program components, and outcomes. Findings show that kinship liaisons are extremely helpful to caregivers and reveal 27 support categories that caregivers find most useful.
Describe previous lessons learned about the needs and strengths of kinship caregivers
Identify a strategy for developing, implementing, and testing a peer-to-peer approach to supporting kinship caregivers
Comment on effective components of a peer-to-peer kinship support approach