Overview

Kinship Peer Supporters will work within the Kentucky Kinship Information, Navigation, and Support (KY-KINS) program housed in the College of Social Work’s Kentucky Kinship Resource Center (KKRC). 
Kinship Peer Supporters will provide structured peer support and outreach to kinship caregivers. This position will support KY-KINS participants in an array of “life” areas, including home stresses, familial dynamics, goal setting, and social relationships through regular one-on-one and small group interactions with families and caregivers. Peer supporters will promote positive behavior through experimental sharing, behavior modeling, goal setting, skill development, promoting self-efficacy, and fostering the development of healthy social capital. 
Kinship Peer Supporters will be required to engage in a rigorous 40+ hour training protocol and will have the opportunity to achieve Kinship Peer Supporter Certification through the ongoing training process. 
 
Kinship Care is the full-time care, nurturing and protection of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child. This definition is designed to be inclusive and respectful of cultural values and ties of affection. It allows a child to grow to adulthood in a family environment.” (Child Welfare League of America from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website)

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