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National Kinship Review
Volume 2, Issue 5 
May 2019
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Safe at Home West Virginia

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' latest programmatic effort demonstrates the power of kinship care.
As National Foster Care Month continues, ASCI applauds jurisdictions across the country that recognize relative/kinship care as a force of change, empowering families within their own personal and distinctive cultures so the child welfare system’s response is based on culture and regional nuances.  
 
In developing practice models that improve outcomes for children and families in the foster care system, such jurisdictions are making it a priority to put relative/kinship care at the center of new and expanded programming.

The wheel of today’s child welfare space demonstrates a need to make relative/kinship care the hub of a “hub and spoke model,” in that the hub is at the center with all the spokes connected to it. The spokes are interconnected and speak to establishing and maintaining partnerships across the continuum of care. When the wheel rolls, the spokes roll with it and continue the momentum of relative/kinship care. 

As West Virginia strengthens their hub of relative/kinship care, the Department of Health and Human Resources' (DHHR) Bureau for Children and Families is looking at many of its spokes, including the Safe at Home West Virginia program. Safe at Home W.V. is a wraparound model program designed as a strengths-based service delivery system that is child- and family-driven and founded in an ongoing, outcomes-focused planning process. It is a multi-agency collaboration intended to offer flexible assistance through a coordinating agency that ensures accountability. 

Visit our website to access our exclusive Q&A about Safe at Home W.V. with Kendra Boley-Rogers, LSW, Foster Care/Homefinding Policy Specialist at the Bureau for Children and Families, DHHR.
 
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