It's All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Discussion Guides and Video Series
It’s All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Discussion Guides and Video Series
Children achieve better outcomes, maintain a closer connection to parents and siblings, and experience fewer disruptions when in kinship care. Yet unlike foster parents who go through a period of training and certification in preparation for their role as caregivers, kinship caregivers may answer an emergency call to step up for a family member with little time to prepare. Increasing the use and support of kinship caregivers requires change throughout multiple levels of an agency. Agency leaders, training directors, and supervisors can use the specialized guides with the videos in this series to create a more supportive environment and develop an agency culture that responds to kinship caregivers’ unique needs.
The It's All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Video Series illustrates the complex dynamics of family relationships and caregiver support needs through real-life stories of kinship caregivers. The powerful stories demonstrate the important role that kinship caregivers play in the lives of children across the country and how strengthening these diverse families can help achieve positive outcomes for children.
The discussion guides include flexible menus of reflective activities and questions for individual coaching or to promote collaborative discussions. Templates for setting goals and planning action provide a pathway to move learning into practice. The discussion guides, designed to be used with the videos in this series, are tailored to support different audiences. We are pleased to offer social work, clinical psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy continuing education units (CEUs) with this learning experience. The CEU sponsor, R. Cassidy Seminars, maintains responsibility for its CEU program. For more information on the licensing program and requirements, please visit their website .
- Discussion Guide for Supervisors (PDF - 686 KB) provides activities to use in one-on-one coaching to enhance individual staff learning and in team meetings to build shared knowledge and find collaborative solutions. After completing activities, you may purchase CEUs at the R. Cassidy Seminars website.
- Discussion Guide for Directors and Administrators (PDF - 719 KB) provides activities to create a more supportive environment and develop an agency culture that responds to kinship caregivers’ unique needs. After completing activities, you may purchase CEUs at the R. Cassidy Seminars website .
- Discussion Guide for Training Managers (PDF - 523 KB) provides activities to integrate compelling stories and thought-provoking exercises into preservice training, supervisor training, and caregiver training. After completing activities, you may purchase CEUs at the R. Cassidy Seminars website .
Watch these recorded webinars with your team to learn how other states support kinship care and continuity of relationships. Use the paired guides to drive team discussion and brainstorm ideas for incorporating these new ideas into practice.
- It's All Relative: Supporting Kinship Connections - Ohio and Colorado title IV-E waiver demonstration project staff present innovative strategies to make kinship care a first choice when children are unable to remain safely at home.
- It's All Relative: Fostering Relationships Through Visitation - California’s Sonoma County Parent Partnership team presents a collaborative approach to support partnerships between caregivers and birth parents, and representatives from Wisconsin’s Family Preservation and Fostering Relationships Program present a model for trauma-informed visitation.