Family Voices United asked kinship and relative caregivers, parents and current and former foster youth:
What's needed to help relative caregivers navigate supports and services for the children they are raising?
We received an overwhelming response to that question. This resource highlights some of those voices and their recommendations. The most talked about recommendations are below:
- Support Groups & Kinship Navigators
- Financial & Child Care Support
- Easily Accessible Resources
- Trauma-informed support for kids and families
How to use this paper
Our hope is that young people, parents and relative caregivers with lived experience in the child welfare system, community organizations, state Family First implementation teams, child welfare agencies, policymakers and other stakeholders will use this document to inform discussions about how to maximize support to families. If you are interested in using the quotes or perspective contained in this document or if you would like to bring young people, parents and relative caregivers to your event or project, email the Family Voices United team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503.717.1552.