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In This Report, You’ll Learn
Why child welfare leaders should consider using kinship process mapping to assess their existing kinship care practices.
What kinship process mapping involves.
The barriers to providing kinship care.
How to make kinship process mapping a valuable experience for the agency that leads to better outcomes for children involved with the child welfare system.
This introduction provides an Executive Overview of
Kinship Process Mapping: A Guide to Improving Practice in Kinship Care. The overview is intended to educate decision makers in public child welfare agencies about the kinship process mapping tool and how it can help them identify barriers to and make improvements in their kinship systems. Table of Contents
improving kinship systems
Kinship process mapping can be completed in approximately eight weeks, at which point the agency will have a concrete set of recommendations for improving the kinship system.
Findings & Stats
Kinship care can achieve positive outcomes for children involved in the child welfare system.
Significant barriers exist to placing children with kin, and kinship process mapping is a tool child welfare agency leaders can use to identify these barriers.
Solutions Through Mapping
Kinship process mapping engages all level of staff in the identification of barriers and solutions to kinship care.
To be successful, kinship care requires a high level of executive buy-in and support.
Statements & Quotations
Kinship process mapping is a standardized approach to defining and analyzing an agency's processes for engaging kin in caring for children
KPM uses a facilitated dialogue with frontline staff to understand three key functions of the kinship care system: Identifying kin, approving kin, and supporting kin.
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