What are Kinship Navigators?
Because relative placements can be fragile, kinship support systems need to be expanded in Missouri. The worst-case scenario occurs when Grandma realizes that she cannot keep her own grandchildren because she lacks support.
The goal of the Kinship Navigator program is to provide a network of supports to the relative caregiver so victims of child abuse may achieve stability in their lives.
Supports include, but are not limited to:
- Assessing the needs of the child and developing a plan to address them
- Offering crisis intervention, both in person and over the phone, by trained staff
- Providing referral for psychological testing, psychiatry services, and therapy