Understanding and Meeting the Unique Needs of Kinship Families

ID: 5982WEB

This webinar will explore the unique issues and life style changes that kinship caregivers experience as a temporary stay of a child turns in to a permanent placement. Participants will identify the specific family dynamics and challenges when working with kinship families and how this differs from traditional foster care. Participants will gain awareness of how their own assumptions and biases impact practice and expand cultural competencies to engage and intervene more effectively with kinship families. Through use of group activities, videos and case examples, participants will explore clinical issues such as loss, loyalty and boundaries and build on interventions and techniques that will be useful when working with kinship families. *Formerly titled, Kinship Adoption. [Elective for Adoption Certificate Program]

Fee: $60.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 3.00 Clinical

Date: Friday, December 9, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm ET
Location: Zoom (Interactive Webinar)
Online Live Webinar, Online, NJ

Webinar Objectives

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
• Define kinship care and the benefits a placement of a child with relatives brings.
• Describe the differences between foster and kinship placements and identify the unique emotional and life style changes kin experience.
• Identify kinship competencies and expand awareness of how own assumptions and biases impact our work with kin.
• Define kin’s biggest challenges and needs when working with service providers.
• Identify family dynamics and clinical interventions for working more effectively with kinship caregivers and children (loyalty, anger and guilt, truthfulness, grief and loss, roles redefinition).
• Define the importance of permanency through adoption and describe the differences between adoption and kinship legal guardianship.

Webinar Outline

9:30 am Workshop introduction: welcome, opening icebreaker

9:40 am Defining kinship care: history, benefits and differences between foster and kin

10:15 am Unique emotional issues and life style changes kin experience

10:35 am Building kinship competency

10:45 am Exploring assumptions and biases

11:15 am Kin’s biggest challenges and needs: what professionals can do

11:30 am Clinical issues and interventions specific to kinship families

12:20 pm Closing: questions and comments

Target Audience

Social Workers and Allied Professionals

Content Level

Beginner - Advanced

Webinar Completion Requirements

To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

System Requirements

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
  • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

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