Extending Home Visiting to FFN Caregivers and Kinship Caregivers

Dec 11, 2009

By Elizabeth Hoffmann

Home visiting may be an important support for vulnerable children and families that can improve outcomes, including healthy and safe development, family functioning, and school readiness.

A new paper from CLASP explores how home visiting can be responsive to the realities of children's daily lives when they spend significant time in the care of someone other than a parent. Specifically, CLASP focused on two populations of caregivers: kinship caregivers (i.e. grandparents and other relatives) who are raising related children when the child's parents are unable to do so and family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers who provide child care for children while parents work or go to school.

CLASP interviewed representatives from major national models of home visiting and other experts in the field. It found that all of the home visiting models interviewed serve children and their kinship caregivers (either by initiating services or continuing services when a child served by the program entered kinship care). The models also include FFN caregivers to varying extents, ranging from providing formal curricula for caregivers to allowing home visitors to include FFN caregivers at the family's request.

The full report, Extending Home Visiting to Kinship Caregivers and Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers, includes detailed considerations for implementing home visiting with these caregivers, including matters of curricula, staffing, and service referral; discusses opportunities that result from serving these caregivers; and provides recommendations for states and the federal government.

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