Principal Investigator: Yolanda Green, Ph.D.
The CSULB Department of Social Work is honored to have collaborated with Aspiranet (a statewide child welfare agency), the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Casey Family Programs, Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), Family Service Agency of Los Angeles (FSLB), Grandparents as Parents (GAP), and several other non-profit and faith-based organizations for a federally funded seamless kinship care navigation system entitled “Encore Parenting: Navigating Generations.” The focus of this multi-year project, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will be to help the thousands of kinship caregivers in Los Angeles County access essential services and supports. The project will begin as a pilot in Service Planning Areas (SPA) 3 and 8.
Informal partners, such as schools, county departments of mental health and probation, regional centers for developmental disabilities, and an array of faith-based organizations will also be invited to participate. Consultation for the project is being provided by the Los Angeles County Kinship Advocacy and Advisory Network (LA-KAAN), a group of kinship caregivers and community-based agencies and organizations, and faculty and interns from our Department of Social Work, that meet monthly to address kinship care policies.
This project has five purposes: (1) document strategies to assist kinship caregivers, through information and referral systems, to learn about, find, and use needed programs and services; (2) promote effective partnerships between and among public, private, educational, and faith-based organizations and businesses in support of formal and informal kinship families; (3) identify community assets to serve kinship families and document gaps and overlaps; (4) advocate for policies, programs, and practices that build on community strengths and meet needs; and (5) disseminate project strategies beyond the target area for replication or adaptation in other jurisdictions.
Profs. Yolanda Green and Eileen Mayers Pasztor helped write the federal proposal and will be working on the project. Prof. Green will be the principal investigator. Prof. Pasztor will be writing the guidebook for national dissemination.
In addition to supporting children and families in Los Angeles County, we are delighted that this project will have an intern unit for 12 BSW and MSW students (six for AY 2010-11, and six for AY 2011-12 ), with stipends for our students. Two current field internship agencies, Aspiranet, under the direction of Vernon Brown, and Family Service Agency, under the direction of Damian Zavala, will provide the internship sites.