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06.30.2016

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Advocacy Tip: Kinship Program

Kinship Program

When children are brought into the care of Child Protective Services they are sometimes placed with extended family members and close family friends. These types of placements are known as kinship care. The Kinship Program can provide support to kinship caregivers who accept placement of children in their home.

Who is eligible?

When a family member or close family friend steps forward as a potential placement for a child CPS conducts a home study to assess the appropriateness of the potential placement. If the home study is positive, the children are likely to be placed in the home. Once children are placed with a kinship caregiver the CPS caseworker will then submit a referral to the Kinship Program. A kinship worker will then complete an assessment of the family and inform them of the benefits of the program. It is important to note that not all kinship placements may be eligible for the Kinship Program. For example, kinship placements with a negative home study are not eligible for the Kinship program, even though the judge may have ordered that the children be placed in the home. Kinship caregivers also have the option to decline participation in the Kinship program.  

What are the benefits and services?

The Kinship Program has several benefits and services available for eligible kinship placements. Services provided by the program can include:

Caregiver training and support groups
Case management services while DFPS has legal responsibility
Information and referral services
Supportive family counseling services
Child care to eligible children and kinship families
Referral to and assistance in applying for public assistance benefits
Limited financial assistance through integration payments and annual reimbursement for eligible caregivers, when funding is available.

Families participating the Kinship Program are assigned a kinship worker who can visit the home on a monthly basis. Kinship workers can attend school meetings and participate in DFPS planning meetings and court hearings. The kinship worker will also assist with finding additional community resources and services for the family.

1. When is the referral for the Kinship Program submitted and who submits it?

2. True or False. All kinship placements are eligible for the Kinship Program.

3. What are some of the responsibilities of the kinship worker?

To receive 1 hour worth of training credit, read the above article and submit answers to the accompanying training questions to Anna Munoz at amunoz@casa-satx.org.

Advocacy Tip: Kinship Program