Homes for Black Children: Child Welfare/TANF Collaboration in Kinship Navigation Program: Project: Building Kinship Bridges: Final Report.
Homes for Black Children (Detroit, Mich.)
Final Report Grant Product
71,  p.
This final report describes the activities and outcomes of a federally funded program that strengthened and stabilized families who were in informal or formal kinship arrangements. Homes for Black Children implemented a Kinship Navigation demonstration project to serve 100 families in the Metropolitan Detroit area whose children are in, or at-risk of entering into the foster care system. There were 105 kinship families served with a total of 157 children. Project Building Kinship Bridges was designed to assist children/youth and their kinship caregivers in identifying and accessing appropriate and meaningful services to achieve and sustain permanency. The strategies delineated in the Kinship Navigation program were in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Child Welfare and Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) programs to improve outcomes related to the child/youth's safety, permanency and well-being. Linkages with resources to provide financial assistance, clothing, household goods and housing resources served to improve family stability and child/youth's permanency. Foster home licensure, engagement, preparation and assessments were provided to kinship care providers that were formerly involved in the child welfare system. These services were made available through a Well-Being Cluster so that families had opportunities to raise their awareness of resources and to utilize them to effectively meet their families' needs. An evaluation was conducted of the program that compared 58 kinship families who used one or more of the well-being cluster services (family camp, kinship club, mentoring services, or parent enhancement) with 44 non-participating families. The Kinship Navigation program was found to be an affordable alternative to comparable out of home care for children and youth. The report closes with a review of lessons learned and recommendations for future programs.
Michigan; foster children; well being; financial assistance; permanency; African Americans; community based services; FAMILY SUPPORT SYSTEMS; KINSHIP ADOPTION; KINSHIP CARE; FOSTER CARE; EXTENDED FAMILIES; LICENSING