Kinship Navigator Services
The Kinship Navigator Services is a free resource and referral service assisting Baltimore County families who are raising a relative’s children. Most often the relatives are grandparents, but may also be other relatives such as aunts, uncles, cousins or siblings.
The Kinship Navigator provides for the Caregivers the Consent for Healthcare Affidavit and assists with accessing the following:
- Financial supports designated for Kinship families
- Medical Assistance
- School enrollment
- Any other resources that may be needed for the children, including legal and mental health resources
Kinship Navigator Services are free of charge!
Contact Kinship Navigator Service at 667-600-3077.
Whom do we serve?
Kinship Navigators serve residents of Baltimore County. Specifically, through a grant from the Baltimore County Local Management Board, we serve:
- Families with a parent who is incarcerated or involved in the criminal justice system, and
- Disconnected Youth — youth who are between the ages of 16-24 and are not enrolled in school or working.
Through collaboration with Baltimore County Public Schools, we also serve:
- Families with children dealing with possible or diagnosed mental health issues.
How do we help?
- Determine needs,
- Provide resource information,
- Link families/individuals to providers and services, and
- Provide educational workshops.
1) Formulate a Plan
• Identify the family strengths
• Clarify the concerns and challenges
• Provide emotional support
• Identify resources
2) Implement the Plan
• Make phone calls to service providers
• Provide guidance in completing forms and applications
• Discuss strategies for addressing school issues
• Accompany the family to meetings when appropriate
• Empower families to speak up and articulate their concerns and needs
• Follow-up with families and assist with problems that may arise after initial linkages have been made
Family Resource Academy
The Family Resource Academy may be just what a family needs for support, strength, and understanding that can enhance their ability to parent a child.
In partnership with professional child development specialists and veteran family members, the Baltimore County Kinship Navigators have designed a series of workshops; and they are FREE to all Baltimore County residents.
Upcoming Family Resource Academy workshops may include the following:
• Youth Mental Health First Aid
• Expanding Your Behavioral Tool Box: A Skills Development Training
• Anger Management: Managing Your Anger Effectively
• Caring for Yourself as Caregiver
• Back to The Future: How to use your baggage to your advantage
• Household Management
• Trauma: How it affects our kids and us as parents and caregivers
• Managing Stress
The next Family Resource Academy workshops will be scheduled for FALL 2017. Please check back or contact 667-600-3074 or FamilyNavigator@cc-md.org.
Family Support Groups provide a monthly opportunity for the parents and caretakers of children with emotional and behavioral challenges to share experiences and advice, as well as access training and emotional support. Our child welfare and mental health programs are nationally recognized for their efforts to involve family members in as many ways as possible. Research shows that family involvement has a strong impact on the success of treatment.
The Support Group Schedule for FY 18 will be posted in FALL 2017.
Families who have private health insurance, public health insurance or no health insurance are encouraged to take advantage of this free service funded by a grant from the Baltimore County Local Management Board and through collaboration with Baltimore County Public Schools.
Download our latest brochure (PDF).