Development of a kin-first culture is critical for a Child Placing Agency to be successful in partnering with kin caregivers. Implementation of this culture starts with the organization’s leadership to model the message that joining children with kin caregivers is a priority for the organization. What this looks like in practice is that there is a focus on aligning resources to eliminate barriers to verification and committing to help address any issues and concerns voiced by the family. This includes providing guidance and support on working with the birth parents to promote reunification and helping kinship caregivers understand their options for caregiving – both short-term and long-term.

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Monarch Family Services
ACH Child and Family Services
Arms Wide Adoption Services
Divinity Family Services
Lonestar Social Services