California Kinship Navigator
The Kinship Navigator Program connects kinship caregivers throughout the state with needed referrals and support so they can be self-sufficient, sustainable families and thriving community members. A kinship caregiver is a relative or friend taking care of someone else's child in the absence of the biological parents.
The program provides caregivers with comprehensive, personalized, and FREE phone support with access to services that they need in their local communities--across the state. Current or previous kinship caregivers answer the toll-free line at 1-800-546(KIN)-0047. They will help the caller "navigate" the system to find the resources required to meet the family's needs and empower them to navigate often complex social services themselves.
Navigators are available to speak with callers Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 7 pm at 1-800-546(KIN)-0047. Information is also available at www.cakinship.org.
Who It Helps
Relative caregivers of children throughout California.
partners and funders
Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties have successfully established partnerships with EMQ Families First in Contra Costa County and Family Support Services of the Bay Area in Alameda County to provide Navigator services throughout California.
The California Kinship Navigator Program is funded by the Federal Family Discretionary grant that was awarded from funds authorized by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.
- Navigators are all current or previous kinship caregivers with the experience and knowledge to assist callers with finding needed services.
Navigators are available Monday through Friday from 9 am until 7 pm.
Navigators provide referral and information services to people who call on weekdays; messages can also be left for Navigators on off-hours.
There are bilingual Spanish-speaking Navigators.
Recieve up to date information on the official California Kinship Navigator Facebook page.
Funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau, Grant #90-CF-0025. The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the funders, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. This information is in the public domain. Readers are encouraged to copy and share it, but please credit Edgewood Center for Children and Families.