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#20220405_3 WEBINAR: Supporting Relative and Kinship Families




(April 2022) The home study assessment process is critically important to ensure safe homes and families for kids in foster care, and intensive, overwhelming, and confusing for many families. Relative/kin families more often experience extra barriers to accessing and completing a home study assessment. This workshop will describe the shifts in process and approach Ampersand Families has made to better serve relatives and kin, based on our lessons learned over the past several years. We will share strategies, resources, and services used to ensure relative and kin receive full and fair consideration as a placement or permanency resource for a child/ren they already know and love.

Misty Coonce, MSW, LISW, has worked in the child welfare field for over 10 years. Misty earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. She brings personal experience as an adoptee from the Minnesota foster care system and with kinship care within her family throughout her life. Misty is a proud parent to two children.  She is a Senior Program Director at Ampersand Families, spearheading our agency’s efforts to increasingly engage relatives and kin as permanency resources for foster youth. The mission of Ampersand Families provides permanency and adoption services to older youth and families who face barriers to equity in child welfare and champions systemic changes that advance belonging, dignity, and hope. We believe that excellent work in adoption must honor youths’ right to sustain relationships with relatives, kin, community, and culture.

Watch time: 163 minutes

Eligible Certificate of Completion time: 165 minutes

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