CHN Kinship Navigator evidenced based model has designed a manual that will facilitate essential service components through an implementation science lens. CHN’s research to practice and practice to research approach utilizes effective strategies to integrate an evidenced based model into community settings.

CHN’s Kinship Navigator is ready to provide consultation and training in the replication of the Kinship Navigation Model. This includes a phased in implementation plan to assess culture and climate, develop a theory of change, offers training and implementation of the model, promotes capacity building, provides fidelity and quality monitoring as well as certification that demonstrates alignment with Families First Prevention Service Act (FFPSA).

The Implementation Manual includes: Theory of Change, Services Delivery Process Map, Essential Direct Service Components, Evaluation (Outcome and Process), Fidelity, Cost Analysis, Sustainability and Dissemination.

CHN Kinship Navigator program offers below links to abstracts, articles and presentation materials as well as a Podcast to learn more.


CHN Navigator Model

Littlewood, K., Cooper, L. (2016) CHI CW/TANF Kinship Interdisciplinary Navigation Technology Advanced Model (KIN-Tech) Final Evaluation Report

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., 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., (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.

Listen to Podcast

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 Kerry Littlewood, PhD, MSW.