Kinship care is an important component in meeting the needs of families involved in the child welfare system, helping to maintain familial and cultural connections and promote stability, permanency, and the well-being of children in need of out-of-home placement.

On Wednesday, September 7, 2022 the Capacity Building Center for States hosted a webinar spotlighting kinship navigator programs from different areas of the country. During the webinar, viewers heard from Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau, Aysha Schomburg, who started the webinar by outlining the Children’s Bureau’s priority goals. This was followed by presentations by kinship navigator programs in Idaho, Louisiana, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, as well as two personal testimonies from kinship family caregivers themselves.

The Children’s Bureau website has additional resources, including stories from people with lived experience and podcast episodes focused on kinship care.

By Chloe Miller, Policy Intern