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Frankie is 14 years old and lives with his sister, brothers, and moms. He and his sister were adopted when they were 2 years old and 4 years old, respectively. He loves spending time with his aunts, uncles, and cousins and loves being part of a big family.

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Learn about negotiating boundaries, communication, support, and normalcy from a young person formally in foster care and her adoptive parents.

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This video highlights the story of a therapeutic foster care social worker in North Carolina and how her own experience in kinship care helps her connect with kinship caregivers and engage families.

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Learn about Catherine’s journey recovering from trauma and addiction to be successfully reunified with her daughter.

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Shares Stephen’s story about being a community-based provider and policymaker in Florida, the need for laws that empower caregiver decision-making, creating Florida’s reasonable and prudent parent standard (RPPS), and the effect RPPS and normalcy laws can have on foster care.

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Learn about Dezzie’s experience bonding with her newborn while embracing parenting classes and other agency supports in her journey to be reunified with her daughter.

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This video highlights the story of a program manager and lead navigator for the Montana Kinship Navigator Program and how her own experience caring for a nephew helps her better support and connect with kinship caregivers and families.

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Watch this recorded webinar to learn how other jurisdictions encourage kinship care placements and then discuss kinship support with your team.

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This video highlights the story of a foster care specialist and how her experience with her grandparents’ care helps her support and guide kinship caregivers.

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This video highlights the work of the Deputy Commissioner of the New York foster care system and the kinship care strategies her agency implements.

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This video highlights the work of an Ohio kinship navigator and her experience supporting families as they navigate kinship care.

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This video highlights the story of an Ohio kinship navigator and how she supports kinship families by identifying resources to support them as they navigate kinship care.

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Hear a first-hand account of a kinship and adoptive mother raising her nephew, fulfilling roles as both aunt and primary caregiver.

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Hear about the challenges and successes and how Donaniece is teaching her grandson the meaning of family.

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Shares Molene’s story about becoming the primary caregiver for her four nieces, raising them, adopting them, negotiating the child welfare system, and creating a family.