Advances in Supporting Kinship Caregivers – Part 1

Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives or, in some jurisdictions, close family friends. Relatives are the preferred resource for children who must be removed from their birth parents because it helps maintain the children's connections with their families, increases stability, and overall minimizes the trauma of family separation. Kinship caregivers may be referred to as formal or informal kinship families based on if they are officially involved with the child welfare systems or not.

This Child Welfare Information Gateway podcast featured a group of kinship-centered services and programs from the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Topics discussed included the following:

  • Why kinship caregivers should be treated differently by agencies and caseworkers, and the specific challenges kinship caregivers face.
  • Strengthening relationships between caseworkers and kinship caregivers.
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Rhode Island’s Family Search and Engagement team.
  • Adapting a customer-service approach across the State’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and what it means for caseworkers to “manage emotions first.”

The second part of the podcast, which focused on Washington State’s approach to providing kinship support services, will be featured in the next PeerTA newsletter on September 7.

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Publication Date: 
July, 2022
July 2022
Partner Resources
Rhode Island
  • Supportive Services
    • Child Welfare
  • Special Populations