Kinship Care Resource Centerkinship.msu.edu
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The Kinship Care Resource Center is a non-profit statewide organization. The Center is proud to support Michigan kinship families by utilizing research to provide education and outreach for communities, agencies, and individuals involved in supporting kinship families. Kinship care can be defined as the full time care, nurturing, and protection of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child (Child Welfare League of America, 2011.
Its mission is to support Michigan's kinship families by utilizing research to provide education and outreach to communities and agencies supporting kinship families and offer information and referral and case management services to relatives raising relative children.
Its components include:
- Caregiver information and referral through brochures, newsletters, phone, electronic and in-person contact to address basic needs, legal and systems issues related to raising a relative child
- Education and training through field placements, kinship caregiver trainings and professional continuing education offerings
- Case management and advocacy services focused on strengthening kinship family functioning
Lynn Nee, LMSW, Program Coordinator