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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions that many of our new participants ask. If you don't find answers to your questions here, please feel free to contact us.

What is kinship caregiving?
What are the issues in kinship caregiving?
Who leads your Education and Support Groups?
What is the structure of the Education and Support Group?
How often do the Education and Support Groups meet?
How are you funded?
Why is sexuality education important?
Why should adults learn to discuss sexuality with the young people in their lives?
What topics will be covered?
What is the structure of the learning modules?
How are you funded?


What is kinship caregiving?
Kinship caregivers are relatives or kin that step in to raise a child that is not their own.

What are the issues in kinship caregiving?
In Minnesota, over 69,000 children live in homes where the householders are grandparents or other relatives. The opioid crisis is causing more children to be placed in foster care and/or to live with relatives. Financial resources are limited to children in informal (outside of foster care) situations.

Our Education Topics include, but are not limited to:
  1. Protective and Promotive Factors
    1. Trauma and Healing Centered Engagement
    2. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
    3. Sharing Our Stories
    4. Complementary care for trauma
  2. Children
    1. Child Development
      1. Routines
      2. Separations
      3. Temperament
      4. Child attachment and bonding
      5. Social/Emotional development
      6. Emotional literacy
      7. Ages and Stages
      8. Sexual development and health
    2. Parenting
      1. Guidance and discipline
      2. Nutrition
      3. Sleep
      4. Yoga and relaxation
      5. Safety planning
      6. Mental Health
      7. Detecting substance use disorders/behaviors
      8. Special needs and special education
      9. Contemporary parenting
  3. Kinship caregiving
    1. Emotional Self Care and Exploration
      1. Balancing Expectations of Others
      2. Forgiveness
      3. Grief and Loss
      4. Self-compassion
      5. Self-care
      6. Managing emotions and stress
    2. Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health
      1. Understanding addiction/substance use disorders
      2. Understanding mental health issues
    3. Family Relationships
      1. Understanding your non-negotiables
      2. When the adult child/parent returns
      3. Parenting time
      4. Safety planning
      5. Healthy normatives and standards
      6. Co-parenting
      7. Talking with child about parent
    4. Kinship Caregiving
      1. Planning for the future
      2. Healing and Hope
      3. Kinship 101 (financial, legal and community supports)

Who leads your Education and Support Groups?
Our groups are currently led by Janet Salo, Family Support Specialist at Kinship Family Support Services. She has over 10 years of experience assisting kinship caregivers in their vital role.

What is the structure of the Education and Support Group?
  1. This is a safe space for kinship caregivers to:
    1. Increase their education on navigating kinship caregiving, and
    2. Increase their emotional support
  2. Group guidelines
  3. Brief check in (name and child you are caring for, and why)
  4. Educational topic-this section will be recorded on Zoom Cloud access
  5. Questions and answers
  6. Additional sharing (upon request)-when needing support and direction

How often do the Education and Support Groups meet?
December

How are you funded?
We receive funding from Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, Brookdale Foundation and donations.

Why is sexuality education important?
Comprehensive sexuality education has been shown to reduce rates of unplanned pregnancy, decrease rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and delay the onset of sexual behavior. Additionally, evidence suggests that sexuality education can help reduce rates if sexual assault. Despite the clear benefits, many are not able to access accurate and affirming sexuality education.

Why should adults learn to discuss sexuality with the young people in their lives?
Adults have the capacity to be the primary sexuality educators for the youth in their lives. Young people crave both attachment and information, and if they are not getting developmentally appropriate messages about healthy from the adults in their lives they may seek out other, less accurate sources that may or may not align with one’s values. By beginning conversations around sexuality early and continuing to have them throughout a child’s life, a trusted adult can help promote healthy youth development.

What topics will be covered?
Topics may include, but are not limited, to the following:
  1. Goals/Goal Setting
  2. Pregnancy/Pregnancy Options
  3. Abstinence
  4. Birth Control
  5. STIs/STI prevention
  6. Communication and Refusal
  7. Decision Making
  8. Consent
  9. Healthy Sexual Development and Related Milestones
  10. Starting difficult conversations
  11. Using Teachable moments

Who leads the learning modules?
Our groups are currently led by Logan Sand, the Program Coordinator for the SELF Program. Holding an M. Ed. in sexuality studies, Logan has over 5 years of sexuality education experience, teaching both youth and adults.

What is the structure of the learning modules?
  1. This is a safe space for individuals to learn about sexuality related topics
  2. Review of group guidelines
  3. Brief check in
  4. Educational Topic
  5. Questions and answers

How are you funded?
We are funded through grants from the Minnesota Department of Health, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, and the Ripley Memorial Foundation




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