Are you a kin caregiver raising grandchildren, relative children, or children of family friends?

We need your voice!

By taking part in this study, we will hear your ideas and feedback regarding how our kinship community may best be served. Information gathered from the study will be compiled during a 3-year study to show the importance and value of an evidence-based kinship navigation program model.


Kinship navigator programs offer information, referral, education and linkages to vital resources and supports for grandparents and other relatives raising children. Kinship navigator programs have been found to support positive outcomes in safety, permanency and stability for children in the care of their relative(s) and there is a continued need for evidence-based research for these programs.


Wayfinder Family Services, is the sole national awardee to demonstrate an evidence-based model of kinship navigation programming through funding by the Department of Health & Human Services Administration of Children & Families Family Connection Grants: Building the Evidence for Kinship Navigator Programs. This project is a multi-agency partnership with five counties where Lilliput provides kinship navigation programs: Butte, Placer, Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Sonoma and supported by the State of California Department of Health & Human Services. Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization that provides science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children and their families, is leading the evaluation to measure outcomes of well-being, access to services, referral to services, and overall client satisfaction across the five participating counties and compare to kinship caregivers not served by Wayfinder's kinship program.

Child Trends with Wayfinder Family Services, is conducting a study to learn more about your experiences with kinship caregiving.

Did you know? Lilliput and Wayfinder Family Services merged in 2020 and as of 2023, will be known as Wayfinder Family Services. As Wayfinder Family Services, we will continue to stand in the gap and change the future, embracing the spirit of our name: we forge ahead, we find a way, whatever it takes. We are Wayfinder.

By participating in this study, you will help demonstrate the importance of kinship care and the needed supports and services to keep children with their families.

The goals of our study are to support the implementation and evaluation of a well-established, existing kinship navigator program, contribute to the research reviewed by the Title-IVE Prevention Services Clearinghouse, and create a pathway for funding for states and counties to assure kin caregivers and their families get the support they need.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Jasmine Nutt at

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