CONSENT FOR SERVICES
Thank you for choosing to enter into a relationship with Foster Kinship. We want to thank you for your dedication to your family and the role you have taken on as a kinship caregiver. This is an opportunity to acquaint you with information relevant to our services, as well as our confidentially, record keeping and visit policies.
AIMS AND GOALS
The mission of Foster Kinship is to strengthen kinship caregivers’ capacity to provide safe, permanent, and nurturing homes for children. To do so, we have the following services available to all kinship caregivers in Clark County, NV. Services are not limited by caregiver age, relationship to the child or the custody status of the child:
- Kinship Navigator Services: General guidance to community, county, state and federal resources that may available to you and your family, Monthly Support Groups for kinship caregivers (free childcare provided), Quarterly Gatherings for kinship families.
In addition, the following services are available to kinship caregivers in Clark County, NV who are requesting personalize resource guidance and/or financial assistance through our case management program:
- Family Advocacy Services: A detailed, individualized and compassionate review of each family, which will enable us to match available resources with identified needs and provide ongoing, customized support.
FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM SUMMARY
Our Family Advocacy/Case Management program accepts clients on an ongoing basis. Each qualified family receives a customized case plan with community referrals, assistance with TANF and guardianship applications, transportation, some financial assistance, and access to the kinship resource center.
Foster Kinship’s programs are designed to meet goals through the following objectives:
- Legal Status: Families are given tools to increase the stability of the placement through legal means such as guardianship.
- Financial Resources: Families are assisted with applications for financial support and may be eligible for a small amount of cash assistance from Foster Kinship.
- Community Connection: Families are connected with emergency resources, including transportation, to increase knowledge of and access to supportive programs.
- Emotional Support: Families have access to free support groups, caregiver education classes, and family events with other kinship families.
In order to be eligible for Family Advocacy services and financial assistance caregivers must:
- Be caring for a relative’s child full time, with no support from the biological parents.
- Be residents of Nevada.
- Complete a family intake and evaluation, including a pre/post survey instruments.
- Demonstrate a specific short-term need and the capability to provide a long term, stable home for the child(ren).
- Be willing to actively participate in Foster Kinship’s case management program.
PROGRAM AND PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
Kinship caregivers who complete the application and qualify for the Case Management program will be asked to participate for a set time to ensure they receive support, education and community referrals so vital to long term family stability. After the family evaluation, each caregiver will receive an individualized family case plan with recommendations, referrals and required participation activities. In addition to working on the family case plan, program participants will be supported each month through phone calls and support groups.
Willingness to participate is required. Not participating in the case plan and services may be grounds to discontinue services.
Each family is different and determination of any potential financial support received will be made individually to meet the needs of particular families based on funds and resources available to Foster Kinship. Foster Kinship retains the right to make the final decision on program acceptance and financial assistance.
There are no fees for the case management, resource guidance, classroom, and community meeting services provided to you by Foster Kinship. Foster Kinship may also provide you with discounted vouchers for health care, mental health care, educational services, or needed resources. Clients are still responsible for fees associated with state and county services they may be receiving unless written arrangements have been made with Foster Kinship to provide financial assistance in those specific cases.
CERTIFICATION OF INCOME
In order to keep our services free, Foster Kinship receives grants from private funders as well as government organizations. You may be asked to provide proof of income and residency in order to ensure that Foster Kinship can comply with all grants and funding sources. You agree to provide complete and accurate information. Choosing not to comply with certification of income does not disqualify you from services, but it will limit the range of services we may be able to provide.
Foster Kinship cannot promise financial support any client, and to be eligible for any financial, voucher or physical resource assistance clients must consent to a full evaluation with a Foster Kinship case manager of Foster Kinship. However, in situations where financial assistance from Foster Kinship is deemed appropriate and money is available, the assistance will be made available for specific purposes and paid directly to the necessary party (for example, to your landlord if rental assistance has been approved), or vouchers will be provided (for food, clothing, tutoring, doctors, etc). In no circumstance will cash or checks be written directly to the client. In general, financial assistance will be one-time support and then reviewed on an ongoing basis as needed.
Appointments will be scheduled based on the availability of the case manager and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule, so evening and weekend hours will be made available to you. A home evaluation may be required part. In addition, we may ask to meet the children at any time.
Issues discussed during visits and meetings to determine need and support are important and generally legally protected as both confidential and privileged. However, there are limits to the privilege of confidentiality. Mandatory reporting is required by our agency if there is 1) suspected abuse or neglect of a child, elderly person or disabled person, 2) your caseworker believes you are in danger of harming yourself or another person or you are unable to take care of yourself or 3) if you report that you intent to physically injure someone. In these cases the law requires the worker to inform that person as well as the legal authorities. In addition, there are other situations which may require Foster Kinship to release information: 4) if ordered by a court to release information as part of a legal matter, 5) in situations of natural disasters whereby protected records may become exposed or 6) as otherwise required by law.
A record of visits, certification of household composition and income, services provided, financial and physical resources distributed and notes describing the need for each is kept on file per state and federal law. Certification of income and residency may be provided to grant administrators upon request. General reporting on services provided and demographic data will be done on a regular basis. We also use survey instruments at case commencement and closure to track outcomes. Please be assured that individual responses to this survey instrument will be kept completely anonymous and confidential and only aggregated results will be used.
Foster Kinship values the privacy of our clients. It is our policy to collect and store only personal information that is knowingly provided to us. We do not share personal information. Through our client database, Foster Kinship collects and stores contact information from individuals as it is knowingly provided to us, including email addresses. Foster Kinship does not distribute personal information or email addresses to third parties. We use this information to contact individuals via email and mail with additional resources that might be of interest, including upcoming events and trainings, new publications, or other resources. You may choose at any time not to provide personally identifiable information, although this may restrict our ability to provide requested services or information.
We believe that the diversity of families in our community is our strength. Foster Kinship demonstrates the commitment, knowledge and ability to work effectively with and advocate for individuals and families with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds and ideologies. We serve kinship caregivers without regard to caregiver age, disability status, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, relation to the child or custody status of the child.
You have a right to have your complaints heard and resolved in a timely manner. If you have a complaint about the services you have received through Foster Kinship, please inform the Executive Director, Alison Caliendo, at Ali@fosterkinship.org or (702) 546-9988 immediately.
CONSENT FOR SERVICES
I have read the above. I believe I am eligible for the case management program as defined by the eligibility criteria.
I accept, understand, and agree to abide by the contents and terms of this agreement and further, consent to receive case management and services from Foster Kinship. I understand that I may withdraw at any time.
I understand that if I am accepted into the case management program, I will be required to be active in my case plan and suggested activities. I understand that if I do not participate I will no longer be eligible for the case management program. At the end of case management, I understand I will still be able to attend support groups, family events, caregiver education, and other support services for free.
By continuing with this phone call, below, you are stating that you have read and understood this policy statement.