Kinship Support Services


Kinship Support Services

What is Kinship Care?

Kinship is the care for children by relatives or those like relatives due to the disruption of care with their parents. Kinship care offers the child impacted by the separation an opportunity to remain connected to their community and family.

When children are in need of stability while their parents receive support, living with someone with a connection to the child helps promote the child’s sense of identity, their self-esteem, and supports their connections to their culture and community.

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Kinship Benefits:

Children in Kinship Care have shown improved mental health, positive behavioral development, and more stability than children in non-kinship placements. Benefits include: 

  • Feelings of belonging
  • Improved mental health
  • Fewer behavioral problems
  • Better social outcomes
  • Improved educational outcomes
  • Increased stability
  • Preservation of cultural ties and values 

Kinship Support Services


Kinship Navigator Program
Providing safety and stability for children in care

How does the Kinship Navigator Program help?

The Kinship Navigator program supports relative caregivers (i.e. grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.) by offering information, referral and linkage to community resources, as well as follow-up services to help meet the needs of the children they are raising. The goal is to maximize the kinship caregivers’ ability to provide safety and stability and, if needed, permanency for the children in their care. The program also offers a Support Group for kinship caregivers.

  • Are you a kinship caregiver?
  • Do you have questions about what resources are available to you?
  • Do you need support?

Contact our team for more information at (916) 344-0199 or email


In accordance with the California Department of Social Services Wraparound Standards, this program is funded as a reinvestment of realized cost savings to expand and enhance services for children and families.