Children’s Home Society of New Jersey Kinship Navigator Model

Kinship Navigator Does Not Currently Meet Criteria

The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ) Kinship Navigator Model is designed to support kinship caregivers – relatives caring for children when their biological parents are unable to provide appropriate care. The program’s long-term goals for children include safety, permanency and stability, and healthy development. For kinship caregivers, the long-term goals of the program are to empower caregivers to advocate for themselves and their children and to increase their use of protective factors.

 

This program supports kinship caregivers and children by pairing them with an Ombudsman. This Ombudsman serves as a professional advocate and is responsible for assessing family needs, developing family plans based on the family’s needs, offering follow-up visits, providing hands-on linkages to resources, and offering encouragement. Ombudsmen typically work with kinship caregivers for four to six month windows, through home or office visits. The CHSofNJ Kinship Navigator Model also offers group support sessions to kinship caregivers, which focus on topics such as parenting skills.

 

Ombudsmen and their supervisors are expected to have a Bachelor’s degree or higher and experience in topics related to child development, trauma, conflict resolution, separation and loss counseling, substance abuse, and group facilitation. Ombudsmen receive regular in-service training that covers topics such as trust building and strengths-based approaches for working with families. Supervisors are expected to monitor Ombudsmen and meet individually with them to provide additional training and feedback. 


The Children's Home Society of New Jersey Kinship Navigator Model does not currently meet criteria to receive a rating because no studies of the program achieved a rating of moderate or high on design and execution.


Sources

The program or service description, target population, and program or service delivery and implementation information was informed by the following sources: the program or service developer’s website, the program or service manual, and the studies reviewed.


This information does not necessarily represent the views of the program or service developers. For more information on how this program or service was reviewed, visit the Review Process page or download the Handbook.

Target Population

The CHSofNJ Kinship Navigator Model is designed to support kinship caregivers. Kinship caregivers are relatives caring for children when their biological parents are unable to provide appropriate care.

Dosage

Most kinship families receive CHSofNJ Kinship Navigator services over a period of four to six months.

Location/Delivery Setting
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings

One-on-one visits between kinship caregivers and Ombudsmen are typically conducted either in the family’s home or at the agency office.

Education, Certifications and Training

Ombudsmen and their supervisors are expected to have a Bachelor’s degree or higher and experience in topics related to child development, trauma, conflict resolution, separation and loss counseling, substance abuse, and group facilitation. Ombudsmen receive regular in-service training that covers topics such as trust building and strengths-based approaches for working with families. Supervisors are expected to monitor Ombudsmen and meet individually with them to provide additional training and feedback. 

Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation

CHSofNJ has created an instructional manual, which includes information needed for implementation of the program.

The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (2019). Understanding and Implementing CHSofNJ’s Kinship Cares Enhanced Navigator Model: A programmatic implementation guide to supporting and empowering grandparents and other relatives caring for kin children.

Available languages

Materials are available in English.

Other supporting materials

Program Overview

Logic Model

Contact Information for Developers

Website: https://www.chsofnj.org/kinship-and-kinship-navigator-services/

Phone: (609) 695-6274

Results of Search and Review Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for Children’s Home Society of New Jersey Kinship Navigator Model
Identified in Search 1
Eligible for Review 1
Rated High 0
Rated Moderate 0
Rated Low 1
Reviewed Only for Risk of Harm 0
Sometimes study results are reported in more than one document, or a single document reports results from multiple studies. Studies are identified below by their Prevention Services Clearinghouse study identification numbers.


Studies Rated Low

Study 10000

Feldman, L. H., & Fertig, A. (2013). Measuring the impact of enhanced kinship navigator services for informal kinship caregivers using an experimental design. Child Welfare, 92(6), 41-62.

Children's Home Society of New Jersey. (2012). Kinship Cares - Final Report (Grant No. 90CF0022).

The Children's Home Society of New Jersey. (2014). Kinship Family Group Decision Making - Final Report (Grant 90CF0030).

This study received a low rating because none of the target outcomes met measurement standards.