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A Tradition of Caring (Kinship PRIDE): Information, Resources, and Support for Kinship Families

A Tradition of Caring is a comprehensive nine-session curriculum, providing kinship caregivers with 27 hours of valuable information and support related to kinship care. Sessions are designed to facilitate interaction and the sharing of experiences and support among participants. Meetings use a task-based, strengths-oriented approach to learning. During the course of this program, each participant develops a comprehensive individualized action plan for accessing needed resources and meeting identified family needs.

Modules focus on key concerns, including:
  • General kinship care issues
  • Supporting healthy child growth and development
  • Accessing needed resources
  • Addressing changes in family dynamics
  • Promoting childrenis needs for lifelong connections
  • Understanding and navigating the formal child welfare system.
The program has been created for use by a broad spectrum of agencies: elder service programs; community social service and mental health agencies; kinship care resource centers; faith-affiliated, community-based, or other types of support groups; and public and private child welfare organizations. Rather than functioning primarily as a trainer, the person managing the group assumes the role of facilitator. Sessions are designed to allow the facilitator flexibility to respond to the needs, dynamics, and makeup of each group.

The curriculum consists of three books:
  • The Facilitator's Guide is the trainer's guidebook for all nine Tradition of Caring sessions.

  • The Assessment Guide is a tool for conducting family assessment in kinship care. The guide is a resource for agencies that wish to develop an effective assessment process that not only meets agency and legal requirements, but also helps and supports kinship families.

  • The Carebook is the participant's resource workbook. It includes all resource material for all nine group meetings for participants to use in both the meetings and as an at-home reference after they complete the program. Facilitators of Tradition of Caring groups may make copies of the workbook to provide for participant in the program.
For more information, or to purchase Tradition of Caring, visit our webstore. You can also place orders by calling toll-free 800-407-6273 or faxing a purchase order to 240-396-5994.

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