The kinship caregivers featured in the video series speak candidly about the challenges they face, the support they need, and the rewards that motivate them to continue. Use this video series and discussion guide to create a more supportive environment and develop an agency culture that responds to caregivers’ needs.
Children achieve better outcomes, maintain a closer connection to parents and siblings, and experience fewer disruptions when in kinship care. When parents can no longer care for a child, living with a family member or close family friend may be the least disruptive option. Yet, unlike foster parents who go through a period of training and certification in preparation for their role as a caregiver, kinship caregivers may answer an emergency call to step up for a family member with little time to prepare.
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