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Kin-Specific Licensing: Progress So Far

April 4, 2024

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What the September 2023 Rule Means


Since the U.S. Administration for Children and Families issued a final rule in September 2023 giving title IV-E child welfare agencies the option to use kin-specific foster care licensing or approval standards, a number of them have made significant progress in implementing them. View the webinar recording for a brief overview of the final rule, the Kin-Specific Foster Home Approval Standards, and updates since their initial publication. Learn from the experiences of three title IV-E agencies that are piloting the Standards and explore what to consider as you implement them in your state or tribe.

Our presenter:
Marina Nitze is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) of the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network. She is a fellow at New America’s New Practice Lab, where she works on improving America’s foster care system through her 20-state Resource Family Working Group and the Child Welfare Playbook. Marina was most recently the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under President Obama, after serving as a Senior Advisor on technology in the Obama White House and as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the U.S. Department of Education. She serves on the advisory boards of Foster America and Think of Us and authored the new book Hack Your Bureaucracy.

Our Panelists:

Lindsay Coleman, Executive Director of Child Programs, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

Amber Hasler, Program Administrator, Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Jessica Sweet, Caregiver Recruitment, Support and Development Manager, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

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