Help Keep Home in the Family
Foster Kinship provides free support and resources to individuals
raising their relative’s children in Clark County, NV, regardless of the
caregiver age, relation to the child or custody status of the child.
Foster Kinship works to empower kinship caregivers to make informed decisions in the best interest of the children in their care. We stand in the gap between available government and family social services to support family stability in order to increase the chances of long-term success for the children raised in their homes.
Laura Alison Caliendo A
4344 W Cheyenne Ave
North Las Vegas, NV 89032 USA
Kinship care, Relative care, Kin care, Grandparents, Relative Foster
Family Services (P40)
Personal Social Services (P50)
Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)
IRS Filing Requirement
This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.
When children can't be with their parents, they should be with their family. Foster Kinship was established as a 501(c)(3) in 2011 with the desire to help the 31,000 children living with relative caregivers, also known as kinship care. Foster Kinship was founded with a mission to “strengthen the kinship caregivers' capacity to provide safe, permanent, and nurturing homes for children."
Nationally recognized, Foster Kinship is the only non-profit organization in Nevada exclusively serving kinship children and families. Since its inception, Foster Kinship has proudly served nearly 5,000 children and 2,300 kinship families across Southern Nevada.
Foster Kinship provides free programs for kinship caregivers: Kinship Navigator Services and Child Welfare Training.
By helping to “keep home in the family" for these vulnerable children, Foster Kinship envisions a safe and healthy childhood for ALL children in kinship care.
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Kinship Navigator Program
Kinship Navigator Services provide targeted support, information, resources, and case management to help vulnerable kinship families stabilize and to improve the quality of life for children in kinship care. The Kinship Navigator Program model has been evaluated and shown to connect families with relevant financial resources, provide caregivers with information and referrals relevant to their specific caregiving situation, provide emotional support for caregivers, and prevent children from entering the public child welfare system (e.g. James Bell Associates, 2015). As such, the only elibility requirements for the Navigator program are is that the family is raising a relative's child or close family friend with no parents in the home, and that they reside in Clark County, NV. Foster Kinship’s Navigator program is designed to meet safety, permanency and nurturing goals through the following objectives: Legal Status: Families are given tools to increase the stability of the placement through legal means such as guardianship. Financial Resources: Families are assisted with applications for financial support such as child-only TANF, and may be eligible for emergency resources like food, clothing, cribs, and car seats. Community Connection: Families are connected with resources, including transportation, to increase knowledge of and access to supportive programs. We have many MOUs with agencies across the county to ensure stabilized families access long-term support. Emotional Support: Foster Kinship provides support groups, caregiver education classes, and family events with other kinship families.
Child Welfare Training Program
The Child Welfare Training Program includes new caregiver information sessions and kinship licensing classes, car seat safety classes and car seat education classes for families involved with Clark County Department of Family Services. All trainings are designed to increase the safety, stability, and nurturing capacity of kinship families.
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We believe when children can't be with their parents, they should be with their family.
A vibrant future for all children in kinship care.
Foster Kinship strengthens kinship caregivers' capacity to provide safe, permanent, and nurturing homes for children.
Our first goal is to build a foundation of safety for children by meeting immediate needs of the kinship family.
Our second goal is to provide the most permanent home for children by stabilizing the kinship family.
Our final goal is to meet the well-being needs of children by increasing caregivers' capacity.
Foster Kinship's programs are designed to meet goals through the following objectives:
Legal Status: Families are given tools to increase the stability of the placement through legal means such as guardianship.
Financial Resources: Families are assisted with applications for financial support and may be eligible for emergency resources from Foster Kinship.
Community Connection: Families are connected with resources, including transportation, to increase knowledge of and access to supportive programs.
Emotional Support: Families have access to free support groups, caregiver education classes, and family events with other kinship families.
Foster Kinship's Navigator Program is the only program of it's kind in Nevada. Our Navigator Program is modeled on well-established Kinship Navigator programs in other states, such as Washington, Arizona, and New York, that have been evaluated and shown to:
Connect families with financial resources, such as the child-only TANF grant; Provide caregivers with information and referrals relevant to their specific caregiving situation; Keep children out of the public child welfare system (foster care); Provide emotional support for caregivers.
Foster Kinship utilizes the Family Resource Scale [FRS], which measures the adequacy of different resources in households with children (Dunst & Leet, 1987). The FRS assesses whether or not the kinship family has adequate resources (time, money, energy, and so on) to meet the needs of the family as a whole as well as the needs of the individual family members. The conceptual framework predicts that inadequacy of resources will negatively affect personal well-being and parental commitment (Dunst & Leet, 1987). The Family Resource Scale is completed at intake and upon case closure to measure the change upon receiving Kinship Navigator Program services.
In addition to the outcome data from the baseline and follow-up interviews, Family Advocates note when a kinship family has achieved a key outcome, such as custody, securing financial resources, or other indicators of positive change related to safety, permanency, or well-being.
On average, after receiving services from Foster Kinship, families experience a positive change from baseline in 22 out of 30 possible categories on the FRS, with significant positive change in the following categories: Someone to talk to, Clothes for your family, Money to buy necessities, Medical care for your family, Dental Care for your family, Public assistance, Time for family to be together.
In addition to the outcome data from the baseline and follow-up interviews, family advocates note when a kinship family has achieved a key outcome, such as custody, securing financial resources, or other indicators of positive change related to safe, permanent, or nurturing homes. Data is collected at intake, during each follow-up, and at case closure.
THREE YEAR HISTORY
Safe home outcomes to date: Family advocates answered 2,019 helpline calls, provided 519 community referrals, and distributed emergency resources to 766 families. 98% of families have achieved their community connection goals.
Permanent home outcomes to date: 789 families attended kinship licensing class; 357 families received help with guardianship and financial applications. 83% of families have achieved their permanency goal, and 88% have achieved their financial stability goal.
Nurturing home outcomes to date: Family advocates made 1,733 emotional support calls, 365 families participated in support groups, 677 families participated in family events, and 99% of families achieved their emotional support goal.
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