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#20210406 – WEBINAR: Seven Core Issues in Kinship Families




(April 2021)  Kin: relatives, relations, family, connections, kindred, of the same blood. For centuries children have been raised informally by kin when their parents were unable to care for them. It is no surprise then that almost half of the children in our child welfare system are placed with kin. But how much do we really know about what kinship families need? We’ve been listening to the needs of kinship parents and families for over 30 years. They have taught us well and have asked us to share their teachings so others may recognize and incorporate them into program planning, training, resource development and supportive services unique to families built through kinship.

This workshop will establish that Kinship families parenting traumatized children not born to them have complex issues requiring specialized service delivery and resources that are permanency competent and strength-based.  This workshop will present the Seven Core Issues for Kinship families as a way to advocate and inform the community at large about the unique challenges, strengths and needs of our kinship caregiving families.

Allison Davis Maxon, M.S., LMFT, is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of child welfare and children’s mental health, specializing in Attachment, Developmental Trauma and Permanency/Adoption. She is the Executive Director of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and was the foster care consultant for the Paramount Pictures movie Instant Family. Allison was honored in 2017 with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute ‘Angels in Adoption’ award and is the co-author of Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third-Party Reproduction, Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2019.

Watch time: 131 minutes

Eligible Certificate of Completion time: 135 minutes

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