Kinship is any living arrangement in which a relative or someone else who is emotionally close to the child takes primary responsibility for raising the child. This living arrangement can either be an “in CAS care” in a Kin foster home or “out of CAS care” through court order or agreement.
BENEFITS OF KINSHIP
Children can live with people who they know and trust and have some connection to their family of origin. The integrity of the family’s cultural and ethnic identity is supported· Children may be able to remain in their own community. A child’s sense of belonging to a family is often enhanced.
THE KINSHIP PROGRAM
Searches actively for kith and/or kin for the purpose of a placement
Completes a child-specific home study with the focus of securing a placement for the child(ren)
Provides Child and Youth Work support to children and families during the child(ren)’s transition into their new home and later on when needed
Collaborates with the family and other service providers in the assessment process
Assigns a Resource Worker to provide support and consultation to the Kin Foster Parents while ensuring they follow the Society’s policies and the licensing requirements of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Kin finding – we look for family connections not only for placement but also for children to know who is in their family and have connections within their family. Even if they can’t live with a family member, they can still be a part of their life
BECOMING A KIN PROVIDER
- Participate in a strengths-based assessment, focusing on the child’s needs
- Attend education training sessions
- Complete the following checks: Criminal Record; Child Welfare History; Medical Report; Personal references