Coaching for Caregivers: Kinship 101

This Coaching Session for Caregivers covers the financial, legal, and emotional challenges of raising a relative’s child. Services and support when raising a relative's child can be a lifesaver. Often kinship caregivers do not access the benefits which are available to them. This coaching session will address the issues that Kinship Caregivers struggle with most at an individual level:

  1. Financial Needs
  2. Legal Challenges
  3. Navigating public service systems
  4. Needing more social services
  5. Information about resources/caregiving

This class is designed for licensed and unlicensed caregivers caring for children currently or previously involved in the dependency system. Caregiver Core Training (CCT) is not a prerequisite. However, this course is supplemental to CCT for kinship caregivers, and can be a field experience during CCT.

Audience Description: 

Caregivers, licensed, unlicensed, relative and fictive kin

Delivery Method: 
Coaching Session
Training Level: 
.5; 1; 1.5; 2; 2.5; 3
Course Requires Coaching Session?: 
Registration Instructions: 

To request a coaching session, contact a Child Welfare Trainer in your area:

Eastern Washington

Region 1-Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan Counties: contact Sherry Colomb at

Regions 1 and 2- Asotin, Kittitas, Klickitat, Yakima Counties: contact Patty Orona at

Regions 1 and 2- Adams, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Grant, Walla Walla, Whitman Counties: contact Ryan Krueger at

Region 1- Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens Counties: contact Kebbie Green at

Western Washington

Region 3- Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom Counties: contact Joan Sager at

Region 4 - King County: 

Seattle and East County- contact Gracia Hahn at or El-Freda Stephenson at
includes Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Medina, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Preston, Redmond, Sammamish, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Woodinville

South East, South West, South County- contact El-Freda Stephenson at
Includes Algona, Auburn, Black Diamond, Burien, Covington, Des Moines,  Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Normandy Park, Pacific, Ravensdale, Redondo, Renton, Sea-Tac, Seahurst, Skyway, Tukwila

West and South County- contact Gracia Hahn at includes Baring, Burton, Grotto, Lake City, Shoreline, Skykomish, Vashon Island, West Seattle

Region 5- Pierce County: contact Stephanie Rodrigues at

Regions 5 and 6- Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap Counties: contact Linda Soltero at

Region 6- Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston, Wahkiakum Counties: contact Penny Michel at

Region 6- Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania Counties: contact Shelby Russell-Hays at

Contact Michael Tyers with any questions at