Does Your Child Welfare Agency Divert Children to Kin?

Guide to Using the Kinship Diversion Estimation Tool

By Child Trends

August 5, 2019


This guide helps child welfare agencies deploy a simple online survey — the Kinship Diversion Estimation Tool — to gain a better understanding of how and when caseworkers are diverting children to kin. It includes step-by-step instructions, survey screenshots, sample emails and more so that jurisdictions can easily gather information and then use what they’ve learned to inform workplace discussions and decisions related to kin diversion practices.

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Key Takeaway

A tool for child welfare agencies interested in assessing whether kinship diversion is routine or rare

The Kinship Diversion Estimation Tool, developed by Child Trends with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, surveys caseworkers who directly support children and families. It helps jurisdictions pinpoint regional or unit-level variations in diversion use, how workers feel about kinship diversion, the typical characteristics of kids involved in diversions, and what caseworker practices follow a decision to divert a child from foster care.

Findings & Stats

Statements on the Kinship Diversion Estimation Tool