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September 2022Vol. 23, No. 7Relative and Kin Connections Keep Families Strong

Staying connected to the important adults in a child's or youth's life plays an important role in reducing the impact of trauma. A The Family Room blog post from Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner Aysha Schomburg discusses the importance of maintaining kinship connections for children and youth in foster care. The post highlights stories from kin caregivers who benefitted from connecting with kinship navigator programs in their area. Kinship navigator programs allowed these families to successfully take in and care for the youth in their families.

These highlighted stories were taken from the National Foster Care Month (NFCM) 2022 website. These firsthand accounts demonstrate how kinship care positively impacts families and communities. Read the blog and access the NFCM website for more information on kinship navigator programs; culturally responsive kin caregiver recruitment; and how kinship care continues to build protective factors in families, children, and youth.