Setting Up Effective Kinship Navigator Programs

Do you serve kinship families? Are you wondering how to best to meet their needs? Should you consider creating a kinship navigator program? We talk with Stephanie Perkowski, a Social Worker and Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago; Julia Donovan, the Program Director of Ohio’s statewide Kinship and Adoption Navigator program, OhioKAN; and Tia-Maria Smith, the Program Director for Pennsylvania KinConnector which helps informal and formal kinship families find the information, resources, and emotional support they need. 

In this episode, we cover:

  • What are navigator programs?
  • Who usually sets up either kinship or adoption navigator programs?
  • How are these programs funded?
  • How to get these programs evidenced-based and why is that important?
  • How do kinship or adoptive families find out about them?
  • What type of advertising is effective?
  • What works in making the site user-friendly?
  • What type of resources should be included in these programs?
  • How to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs?


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Music Credit: Michael Ashworth

Image Credit: Ashley