PRESENTERS: Charles Chambers, Program Director, Kinship Center - Family Ties Falope Fatunmise, M.A. San Mateo Regional Director, Edgewood Community Based Services
A brief overview of relative care needs in CA and the US Program specific responses to relative care needs by two private sector agencies Creative funding strategies to sustain programs Use of relative caregivers as staff The voice of relative caregivers regarding the issues they face and the services that meet their needs State Funded - Kinship Support Services Program and other programs and services statewide
Legal Guardianship and Adoption definitions. Changing Roles; Changing Hats The Importance of Using Rituals and Ceremonies to Mark Transitions in Family Roles and Legal Standing. Children’s Developmental Understanding of all that has happened in their lives. How to Talk About the Tough Issues with the Child.
KINSHIP CENTER ® is dedicated to the creation, preservation and support of foster, adoptive and relative families for children who need them.
Kinship Center Programs and Services §founded in 1984 as a 501(c)3 corporation §provides a full range of foster and adoption placement services including special needs children §offering permanency-competent child mental health and child development services §post adoptive family wraparound program §a relative caregiver support program §expert training for parents and professionals
Kinship Center ® Monterey County Department of Social Services a program of and
Edgewood’s mission is to strengthen children, youth, families, and their communities through: Service, Training, Advocacy, and Research. Edgewood was started in 1851 as a shelter for orphans of the California Gold Rush. They are one of the oldest children’s charities west of the Mississippi. Though their reputation for excellence and innovation is national, their work is local. Edgewood’s residential, community and school-based programs offer hope and support to children and families in San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
Edgewood Kinship Program Established in 1992 from a relationship with a group called Grandparents Who Care. GWC was founded in 1989 to provide support groups for grandparents stressed by the responsibility of caring for their grandchildren. The San Mateo program was started in 1999. Our Mission: Strengthening Families Nurturing Children Empowering Caregivers
What is Kinship Care? The Child Welfare League of America defines kinship care as: the full-time nurturing and protection of children who must be separated from their parents by relatives, members of their tribe or clans, godparents, stepparents, or other adults who have a kinship bond with a child. (CWLA 1994: 2)
Nationally, around 6 million children are being raised by relatives and 2.5 million are with grandparents. In California, nearly 480,000 grandparents reported having the direct responsibility for their grandchildren’s care. 43% of the Foster Care population are with relatives 30% of caregivers are over 60 (2000 Census)
Components of Kinship Relationships Familiar culture, food, neighborhood Inherent love of family No sense of displacement, but belonging No non-verbal assumptions Continuity of heritage and legacy
LLegacies are patterns of behavior, values and traditions that are passed on between generations and among family members. The children’s legacies are reinforced.
CAREGIVER TIPS Once the child realizes they will be moving feelings of loss and grief will be triggered. As the caregiver you will need to help the child manage their loss, grief and anxiety.
The kin kids, birth parents, schools, medical bills, rent, car fuel and repairs, health, etc. are pouring down on you and you don’t have a boat to get out. You don’t understand how you’re keeping afloat now and there are even greater challenges lurking around you.
Types of Relative Care §Public: placement of dependents of the court §Voluntary: social service placement without court involvement §Private: without social service involvement ( 77% of all kinship arrangements )
The Puzzling Situation The y get less help! Funding is lacking Public Policy Favors Relative Placement
Should Anyone Care? 60% exit FC into relative homes County FC caseload with kin: 30–65% Voluntary kin placements get no services Kin placements high risk for re-entry to FC Supported kin have permanency outcomes Opportunities to develop services to kin caregivers – KSSP expansion efforts
Public Kinship Care Approved/Licensed §Placement with court involvement §Foster care benefits §TANF possible §Background check and home inspection §Children are MediCal eligible Voluntary §Placement without court involvement §No foster care benefits §TANF child-only §No allowances or specialized care §Children may be eligible for MediCal
Why KSSP Services are So Important KSSP programs provide services to assist caregivers to protect and promote the safety, permanency and well being of children in their families.
Definition of Adoption § Adoption is the permanent, legal transfer of rights from one set of parents to another. It holds the adoptive parents to the same standards of rights and obligations as any parent where the child is born to them.
What is Legal Guardianship How Guardianships Work FAQ What does a guardian do? What is the difference between a guardianship and an adoption? When does a guardianship end? What is a guardian ad litem? If a child lives with me, do I need a guardianship? If You Want to Avoid a Formal Guardianship
Funds Available to Caregivers Cal WORKS Foster Care KINGAP AAP Social Security Retirement Wages Other SSI Caregiver/Child
Services Available to Kinship Caregivers WIC Head Start Healthy Start FIRST 5
FUNDING FOR CURRENT PROGRAMS KSSP COUNTY CONTRACTS AREA A FIRST 5 FEMA DEPT OF CHILDREN YOUTH AND FAMILIES OOFFICE OF JUVINLE JUSTICE AND DELINQUINCY PREVENTION
FUNDING FOR CURRENT PROGRAMS CONTINUED PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS PRIVATE DONORS CAREGIVER
What Caregivers Appreciate §Resources – Case Management §Having a peer group §Educational support §Respite §School-related services §Health and mental health care §Legal assistance §Achieving family stability §Special events/outings
Kinship Support Programs Offer: Case management Support Groups Youth Services Health and mental health care Legal assistance Family group conferencing Recreation Respite Food and clothing programs Tutoring
Edgewood Highlights Provided Kinship Services for 15 years 600 families and nearly 1000 children annually 95% of families remain stable after participating 90% of the families give a grade of A Capacity of 5 languages Less than 3% enter or re-enter foster care system.
Family Ties 2 yr. Highlights §753 children served §4 entries in foster care from caregiver §830 attended camps/recreation events §122 legal guardianships or adoptions §50 received mental health services §35% no longer require intensive services §730 children had holiday gifts §Food and clothing needs met
Child Welfare and Foster Care Reform Foster care reform. Increases funding for Foster Care and Child Welfare by $82 million (state General Fund) above the Governor’s May Revision: Caseload Reduction and Program Improvement. Increases funding by $98 million ($68 million state General Fund) in ongoing investments to improve outcomes of foster children and youth.
Kinship Care Parity. Increases funding by $8 million (state General Fund) to provide kin care providers additional support in a specialized care increment to meet a child’s special needs and clothing allowance currently only available in foster care placement. Also extends eligibility for kin care assistance to certain probation youth who have been living with a relative for at least 12 months. Kinship Support Services Program (KSSP). Approves the $2.5 million (state General Fund) proposed in the Governor’s Budget to expand Kinship Support Services and allow all counties to apply for KSSP funding. The 40% requirement has been discontinued
Housing for Emancipated Youth. Increases funding for the Transitional Housing Placement Program Plus by $4 million (state General Fund) by eliminating the county share of cost for the program. Education for Foster Children and Youth. Expands the Foster Youth Services Education Program statewide to foster children and youth in all types of placements and funds this with $8.2 million (state General Fund). Higher Education for Foster Youth. Increases funding by $5.7 million (state General Fund) to fund additional financial aid for foster youth attending two-year or four-year colleges under the Chafee Scholarship program. This increase should fully fund all eligible foster youth.
Adoption of Hard-to-Place Youth. Increases funding by $4 million (state General Fund) above the $6.3 million (state General Fund) in the Governor’s proposed budget in January for efforts to help with the adoption children and youth over age 9. Adoptions. Approves $12.2 million ($7.1 million state General Fund) proposed in the Governor’s Budget to hire additional state and county adoptions caseworkers.
Dependency Drug Courts. Increase funding for Dependency Drug Courts by $3 million (state General Fund) above the Governor’s May Revision amount of $2.1 million (state General Fund) to expand the program to additional counties. IV-E Waiver. Approves $25.5 million ($10 million state General Fund) proposed in the Governor’s May Revision to facilitate county participation in the State’s new pilot project which caps federal funding in a flexible block grant to be used for a broad array of services, including upfront prevention. These funds may also be used for Program Improvement activities.
Where to Get More Information §Kinship Center: www.kinshipcenter.org §EdgewoodCenter: www.edgewoodcenter.org §Generations United: www.gu.org §AARP: www.aarp.org §Child Welfare League of America www.cwla.org
Contact Information Falope Fatunmise San Mateo Regional Director Edgewood Community Based Services Office 415/375-7600 Cell 415/725-0665 Fax 650/620-9549 FalopeF@edgewoodcenter.org Charles Chambers Program Director, Family Ties Office 831/443-0662 Cell 831/262-4594 Fax 831/443-0668 firstname.lastname@example.org
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