2017 Year in Review

The following Year in Review is designed to provide a summary of programmatic, organizational, and fundraising milestones achieved by Waiting Child Fund (transforming to Kinnect) in 2017.  Founded in 2005, the mission of Waiting Child Fund (transforming to Kinnect) is to develop partnerships that transform beliefs, values, and actions to
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Identity and Connectedness to Birth Family

Authors | Michelle Chalmers, Mike Kenney and Kim Stevens

Approved by Family Builders Network in October 2017


“My mother’s rights were terminated.  Not mine.” Foster youth quote

In order to love all parts, we must know all parts.  Even in the most complex life situations, we must honor that truth.

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Poverty and the Child Welfare System

Authors / Darlene Allen, Michelle Chalmers, Addie Ellis, Darla Henry

Approved by Family Builders Network on October 13, 2017

* This position statement is about the intersection of poverty and the child welfare system.  Disproportionality, race, and culture in child welfare are covered in other position statements. Family Builders Network notes that any discussion of poverty without race, implicit bias, and systemic inequality oversimplifies the complex interplay that lies at the foundation of the child welfare system and contributes to negative child welfare outcomes.

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Meet The Manager: 30 Days To Family

When Maria Roehrkasse began applying for graduate fellowships, she could only access the online applications through a shaky internet connection. She was completing a two-year Peace Corps assignment in Panama. In summer 2015, with just a few photos of her future apartment and an adventurous spirit, the California native and
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