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Kinship Services

What is Kinship ?

According to the Urban Institute and U.S. Census, about 2.3 million children in the U.S. live with relatives with the majority of these children (1.76 million) being in informal kinship care through a family arrangement. The Kinship program was developed to respond to the perceived needs of kinship caregivers due the growth in kinship families, who often have the least financial resources and highest social service needs.

Kinship grandparentThe Kinship program is federally funded by the Children’s Bureau and came from the passage of the Fostering Connections and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 signed by President Barack Obama. The funding is for a three-year demonstration project to assess the effectiveness of Kinship as a model in working with kinship families and includes an evaluation component. The demonstration project is design to determine how increased knowledge of available support services, access to these services, and better coordination of services through community collaborations, impacts safety, permanency, and well-being for kinship families.
Funding for this website was made possible by the Family Connection Kinship Navigator Grant from the Administration for Children and Families, HHS. Materials do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services.