Sacramento, CA The Kinnections Initiative Karen Alvord – Executive Director, Lilliput Children’s Services Keith Diederich – Executive Director, Stanford Home for Children Gordon Richardson – Principal Investigator, Stanford Home for Children Stephanie Lynch – Program Manager, Sacramento County Scott Moak – Regional Manager, Lilliput Children’s Services
Kinnections: Initiative Overview • African-American children • Ages 0-17 years old • Initiative located at Sacramento’s emergency shelter • First time entries into Child Protective Services • Case Mining, Family-Tree Building, Intensive Family Finding & Kinship Navigator services • Unique & dynamic partnership, including…
Kinnections: Initiative Overview • The GOALS & BENEFITS: • Prevent children from languishing in foster care • Increased number of children placed with family, kin & siblings • Fewer moves, less disruption = less trauma • Opportunity to maintain a connection with their birth family, community and culture. • Increase emotional health & well-being
Kinnections: Strengths & Successes > Hiring diverse & talented staff > 3 Radio Interviews • Trainings & Workshops from Dr. Joseph Crumbley & Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
Kinnections: Strengths & Successes • Outreach & Marketing – 30+ presentations! • Institutional Review Board – it’s • Referrals Coming In – approaching 40 • Terrific Evaluation Team! – presentation at the CSUS Community Based Research Conference • Initiative Steering Committee – continues to convene approved!!!
Kinnections: The Challenges • Obtaining IRB Approval • Unprecedented CPS cuts and staff layoffs • Court Orders for MIA, incarcerated birth parents • Access to critical Child Welfare Services/Case Management System information – for case mining to occur
Kinnections: Needs for T.A. • More “peer-to-peer” opportunities – ability to easily connect with other Combo Project Staff to ask questions, get help, run thru a scenario, etc. (Beyond the contact list!) • Ability to share and learn about best-practices during start-up • Ability to use Basecamp more regularly, effectively – question/topic posted to no response
Kinnections: Contact Us! The Kinnections Initiative Lilliput Children’s Services 3555 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95821 (916) 480-6271 Beverly Johnson – Director: email@example.com Scott Moak – Regional Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org Tracy Hancock – Project Supervisor: email@example.com