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Relevant Trainings for Kin Caregivers and Those Who Work with Them

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These trainings and curricula have not been reviewed or evaluated by the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network or Generations United and are not endorsed by these organizations. This list is provided as a source of information for individuals seeking training information for kinship families and those who serve them.

  • Grand Connections, ZERO TO THREE, is a free workshop curriculum to support grandparents caring for children 5 years and younger.  Free
  • The Inherent Strengths in Kinship Families, Dr. Joseph Crumbley, a training series developed for kinship caregivers and professionals that takes a strength-based perspective in outlining different topics that are unique to kinship families and providing strategies for caregivers.  Fee-based
  • National Training Initiative (NTI), training for child welfare and mental health professionals supporting foster, adoptive and guardianship families.  Free
  • National Training & Development Curriculum (NTDC), “a new curriculum that is based on research and input from experts, families who have experience with fostering or adopting children, and former foster and adoptive youth.” Also adapted for Native families. Free
  • Engaging Kinship Caregivers with Dr. Joseph Crumbley, Annie E. Casey Foundation, a series of video modules to “strengthen the skills of child welfare professionals in supporting families to improve outcomes for children.”  Free
  • Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP), Children’s Alliance of Kansas, “The MAPP approach rests on four cornerstone principles to promote foster and adoptive parent readiness.”  Fee-based
  • Caring for Our Own, “a 9 week, 27-hour support group provides kinship caregivers with ideas to help them work with the helping network, children and birth parents.” Contact to learn more.  Fee-based
  • Parenting A Second Time Around (PASTA), “a facilitator training for professionals working with grandparent/caregiver relatives.” Fee-based
  • Resource Parent Curriculum, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), “a centralized resource for providers and resource parents who are using or interested in using Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents in their communities.” Free
  • Foster Parent College, “interactive multimedia training courses for adoptive, kinship and foster parents.”  Fee-based
  • Creating a Family Interactive Training & Support, “an all-in-one curriculum for in-person or online support groups and small group trainings.” Fee-based
  • Traditions of Caring & Collaborating, Child Welfare League of America, focuses on competencies needed to address issues of concern for kinship families and agency staff who work with them such as legal status, financial support, family relationship, health and mental health and child behavior. Fee-based

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