Advances in Supporting Kinship Caregivers Part 3 (Port Gamble S'Klallam)
As jurisdictions place a higher emphasis on placing children and youth in relative or familiar settings, some are expanding and advancing the support provided to kinship caregivers. The podcast series, Advances in Supporting Kinship Caregivers, comprises episodes featuring the advances created and implemented by child welfare agencies and their partners to strengthen kinship families and meet the unique needs faced by these caregivers. Part 3 focuses on the unique successes experienced within the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, located inside Washington State. The Tribe’s flexible use of funding and its prevention-focused approach has resulted in a nearly 70-percent reduction in the number of children in care. Their success is built upon strong, trusting relationships forged between tribal members. The examples shared in this episode demonstrate the power of being able to tailor supports and services to the specific needs and culture of the families being served.