Evidence Behind the Model

The Children's Home Network -Kinship Navigation Model has been developed over the last 18 years and has been informed through practice, research and evaluation along side Kinship caregivers. Our model approach is currently under review by the California Evidenced-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare and the federal Prevention Services Clearinghouse under the direction of the Administration on Children and Families.

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Many circumstances result in the decision of non-parental relatives, mostly older women, caring for their younger kin (Kinship Care). Child maltreatment, parental substance abuse, incarceration, mental illness, teenage pregnancies, and extreme poverty are major contributors to kinship care. The impact of these social problems on the family system is often devastating and in turn forces families into making difficult decisions, such as living in multi-generational homes or taking on the responsibility of raising a relative’s child. Custody options exist for kinship families based on the family’s relationship with the child welfare system, including formal and informal types of care. READ FULL FLORIDA BRIEF


CHN Navigator Model

Littlewood, K., Cooper, L.., & Pandey, A. (in review). 12, 24 and 36 month follow-up on safety and permanency outcomes from Kinship Navigator-Children’s Home Network.

Littlewood, K., Rosenthal, M., Day, A., & Pandey, A. (in review). Kinship Navigator Model Development and Implications: Lessons Learned from Four Demonstration Projects. Children and Youth Services Review.

Pandey A, Littlewood K, Cooper, L., et.al Connecting Older Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren with Community Resources Improves Family Resiliency, Social Support and Caregiver Self Efficacy. Journal of Women & Aging.2018 Mar 6:1-15. PMID: 29509077

Cooper, L., Littlewood, K., & Pandey, A. (2016, November). Outcomes and Costs for a Federal Kinship Navigator Demonstration Project. Council for Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Littlewood, K. Averett, P., Crowe, A., Cooper, L., & Pandey, A. (2016, October). Peer and professional support for grandparents raising grandchildren: Lessons learned from the KIN Tech Randomized Control Trial. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.

Littlewood, K. (2015). Kinship Services Network Program: Five year evaluation of family support and case management for informal kinship families. Children and Youth Services Review, 52, 184-191

Site Visit Report: Kinship Interdisciplinary Navigation Technologically-Advanced Model (KIN-Tech). April 2016. Award #: 90CF0050 Cluster: Family Connection Grants: Child Welfare/TANF Collaboration in Kinship Navigation Programs Grantee: The Children's Home, Inc.

Healthy Sleep

Pandey A, Littlewood K, Cooper, L.,Pandey A. (2018, June). Pragmatic approaches for integrating Healthy Sleep hygiene to promote chronic disease management. SLEEP, Volume 41. Published Abstract at the Meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, Baltimore, MD.

Pandey A, Littlewood K, Cooper, L.,et.al. (2018, June). Mixed methods study to explore attitudes and beliefs about sleep for clinicians,Administrators and policy makers in child welfare. SLEEP, Volume 41. Published Abstract at the Meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, Baltimore, MD.


Please click on the icon below to listen to a podcast that highlights the Kinship Interdisciplinary Navigation Technologically-Advanced Model (KIN-Tech) in Florida. This project was developed to address the large percentage of local kinship families who were not aware of or accessing services - specifically Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - for which they were eligible. KIN-Tech applied a three-pronged approach, including training for peer navigators and cross-agency collaboration.

The episode details the program's structure and implementation and looks into the findings of a randomized control trial evaluation. It features interviews with Larry Cooper, LCSW and Visit disclaimer page  Kerry Littlewood, PhD, MSW.