How Does Kin-nect Work?
The Kin-nect program follows the seven steps of the Family Finding model created by Kevin A. Campbell. Each case referred to Kin-nect is categorized as a “front-end case” (child has been in care less than 12 months) or a “back-end case” (child has been in care more than 12 months). In some cases, the child is still at home and the Kin-nect Specialist will work with the parents to increase the support system in order to keep the child safe at home.
Christian Heritage Kin-nect completes the first four steps.
The Kin-nect specialist will engage those who know the child best and have a historic and/or inherent connection in helping the child. This may occur through letters, phone calls, social media, etc.
The Kin-nect specialist undertakes an expansive, worldwide search for adults, siblings and others who may provide information and resources.
BLENDED PERSPECTIVES MEETING
This is a preparatory meeting where potential network members, caregivers, and system representatives collaborate with the goal of planning for the successful future of the child/youth.
DECISION MAKING MEETING
Team members will meet and work together to create steps to meet the needs expressed during the Blended Perspectives Meeting. At this meeting, individual team members finalize the plan details as to how they will support the child and/or family.
The DHHS caseworker continues the process by completing the next three steps.
LIFETIME NETWORK MEETING
The goal of this meeting is to deepen the partnership and understanding between team members by using team building activities.
HEALING AND DEVELOPMENT
Healing and development are expected to be continuously considered and prioritized until the child or youth exits the formal system of care and a permanent parent assumes responsibility for the child.
At this stage the team becomes a committed group of advocates; ensuring that no assisted youth leaves the system without a legal parent and community to welcome and sustain them.
What happens after all that?
The Kin-nect specialist will follow up with the team leader, team members, and/or caseworker at 30, 90, and 180 days after Kin-nect has closed the case. This is to ensure that communication is still occurring and that the team is still operating and addressing any issues that may have come up.