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Child and Youth Intervention Services

Foster Kinship's direct services for children are part of our enhanced Kinship Navigator Program model and also supplement our Child Welfare Training and Kinship Training Institute.

People are innately relational, and our childhoods largely define how we build and maintain relationships, with ourselves and with others.

Unfortunately, we know children in kinship care have experienced parental separation, inflicting a deep wound in their most foundational attachment and bond—that with their parents. This parental separation is often triggered by abuse and neglect, creating a cascade of traumatic experiences. This type of relational wound, if left unaddressed, can paint the future relationships that kinship children will have.

Although Foster Kinship recognizes the pain caused by parental separation, we also recognize kinship children’s capacity for healing generational trauma in the relationship with their caregiver, and actively support this healing through our childcare programming.

Foster Kinship's uniquely designed respite care and youth support services promote the social-emotional development of vulnerable children who have experienced trauma, abuse, and neglect while providing grandparent caregivers with a free and safe opportunity to practice self-care regularly. 

By intervening for children and youth at critical stages of development, we support their health and wellness, enabling them to thrive. By providing time for the caregiver's self-care, we stabilize the kinship family, preventing disruption of the child into foster care.
To let our Child & Youth Intervention Team that you are interested in utilizing any of the programs offered, fill out the form below!
Read more about our Child & Youth Services below!
Click for the Child and Youth Intervention Program Interest Form

Sticking Together YouTube Series

Sticking Together is a Foster Kinship youtube series hosted by our very special and brave child & youth specialist, Jaquie Challoga. Sticking Together is designed to meet the needs of the entire family by having story times, managing BIG behaviors, crafts and more! We hope to post two videos a month, so STICK TOGETHER with us virtually or in person using our Child & Youth Intervention services! 

Check out "Riley the Brave" by Jessica Sinarski ==> https://jessicasinarski.com/riley

Check out "A Grandfamily for Sullivan" by Beth Tyson ==> https://bethtyson.com/books/

Programs for Caregivers

  • Respite Care

    Kinship caregivers frequently abandon their physical and mental health needs when they become primary caregivers for abused and neglected children. Without access to proper services and caring for themselves, the needs of the children can overwhelm a kinship caregiver, causing further disruption to the child's stability and degradation in the quality of life for caregivers. That is why Foster Kinship began offering respite care for kinship families using Foster Kinship's evidence-based model for family stability in 2020.

    Kinship families in Clark County, NV, are eligible for free respite care each month with our trained childcare team. Scheduling in advance is required. These respite hours are in addition to any other childcare programming utilized by the family.   If you have any questions, please email childcare@fosterkinship.org or call our office 702-546-9988.

  • Behavior Consultations

    We offer free consultations with our TBRI® practitioners who assist in identifying resources in the community based on the child needs, as well as training on trauma-informed parenting techniques. We also provide community support and navigational resources for children with Autism and FASD. This would include support toward locating clinic interventions, assessments and diagnostics, listings of ABA providers, and connecting families with programs for case management, along with information on local family support groups.

    • Learn more about TBRI® by clicking HERE.
    • Learn more about our trusted partner, Revival Therapy, by clicking HERE.

Programs for Children

  • Cub & Tots Program

    The Cub & Tots Program is a pre-k respite day program incorporating all the developmental domains such as social/emotional, language, and gross motor skills. The program is structured to meet the Nevada Pre-Kindergarten Standards along with the infant/toddler CDC guidelines of development. Children will be evaluated during the program on behaviors, learning abilities, and interactions with peers all while playing in a safe environment at our Foster Kinship office.
     
    If you are interested in signing up your toddlers aged between 3 - 5 years old, please fill out our interest form here: https://forms.gle/vjEk4eVV3D93MoRg7
     
  • Riley The Brave

    Nurture Groups

    Our Nurture Group focuses on the resiliencies of kinship children by teaching them how to regulate their emotions, process the impacts of trauma, and learn how to form thriving relationships.  

    Foster Kinship’s Nurture Groups are offered for up to 6 children between the ages of 5 to 10 years old. The curriculum is grounded in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®)–an evidence-based practice specifically focused on empowering and connecting children who have experienced trauma. The curriculum also incorporates Jude Cassidy’s (2001) Four Necessary Skills for Healthy Relationships. Our trauma-informed childcare specialists teach these skills in a fun and safe environment by using the book, "Riley the Brave" by Jessica Sinarski which explains how trauma impacts the brain and how to create relationships with safe adults. Notably, this book teaches neuroscience in an accessible manner and provides concrete skills for caregivers to implement.

  • Adventure Scouts

    Adventure Scouts is a collaborative project presented by Collaboration Center, Foster KinshipBoys Town Nevada, and the Las Vegas Area Council Boy Scouts of America. The inter-agency project seeks to find solutions to the challenges children and youth living with special needs face participating in the scouting experience. 
     
    Click for more information about Adventure Scouts
  • Foster Kinship Support Groups

    Kinship Kids Support Group

    With Kinship Kids Support Group, children are able to thrive in a safe learning environment to gain healthy coping and self help skills to promote their social/emotional development. Available for children ages 5-11 years old. 
     
    Click for more information about Adventure Scouts
  • Foster Kinship Support Groups

    Infant/Toddler Day

    Infant/Toddler Day is designed to be a small playdate for kiddos to have an opportunity to play and socialize in a safe and nurturing environment. Available for children ages 0-4 years old. 
     
    Click for more information about Adventure Scouts

Programs for Teens

  • Youth Support Groups

    We also offer respite opportunities for caregivers with older youth through our Youth Support Groups. We discuss coping mechanisms, critical thinking skills, problem-solving through language, and communication through youth social groups and structured activities. 

    Young adult professionals who have spent time in kinship and foster care as children facilitate the groups for youth. This peer mentorship enables trust between the group and inspires youth in difficult places to see what is possible for their lives. 

  • Youth Advocacy Board

    Our Youth Advocacy Board is an opportunity for youth and young adults who have experienced foster care to use their voice to make positive change! If exists to give youth a chance to bring their concerns to a table of their peers, and working together with professionals to advocate for change, and improve systems and policies that could serve children and youth better. 

    It is also an educational opportunity, where youth can learn about their rights and the resources available to them.

    Click to read more about Y.A.B.

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