Course offers kinship caregivers support with most challenging issues
The financial, legal, and emotional issues of raising a relative’s child can be challenging. Services and support can be a lifesaver. Kinship caregiving in all of its forms is becoming increasingly common. Recent Washington State child welfare data (Partners for Our Children-1/1/2015) show that 41 percent of children in out-of-home care are living with a relative. Many more children are living with relatives or other close family friends informally, without the ongoing supervision of the state’s foster care system.
Often kinship caregivers do not access the benefits that are available to them. This class will address the issues that they struggle with most:
- Financial needs
- Legal challenges
- Navigating public service systems
- Needing more social services
- Information about resources/caregiving
The 90-minute webinar "Kinship 101: Information for Relatives and Suitable Others" 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.