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 667-600-3074.
How do we help?
- A Family Navigator provides assistance and support to the parents, guardians, or other family members of Baltimore County children with serious behavioral health concerns who need assistance with accessing information, systems, and support services to effectively address those concerns.
- A Family Navigator will reach out to the family, develop a plan of action, and help connect the family with community resources.
- The Family Navigators offer these families the Family Resource Academy, which provides workshops to help parents develop self-awareness and insight into nurturing parenting practices and to help parents gain knowledge and increased awareness of the impact of trauma and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) that can lead to negative outcomes for both parent and child.
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
• 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 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.
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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.