Charlie (name has been changed) was born on a snowy morning in early 2018. Unfortunately, Charlie is one of a growing number of babies born with drugs in his system. Because of a number of social issues, the hospital knew Charlie would not be able to go home safely. Charlie is not the first or the second, but actually the third child born to his mother and neither of his siblings are currently in their mother’s custody. One child is in the custody of their maternal aunt and another in the custody of a cousin. Though the households are separate, the family is close and the siblings spend time together often. Kinship care has worked for this family in the past and Charlie’s 30 Days to Family ® Specialist, Sarah, was determined to make it work again.

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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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