2021 Virtual
Intergenerational Conference

June 15-17, 2021

RECORDING | WS-A-1 - Publicly Funded! Peer Led! Peer Support! Supporting and Engaging Kinship Families

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RECORDING | WS-A-1 - Publicly Funded! Peer Led! Peer Support! Supporting and Engaging Kinship Families
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In Seattle/King County a group of 14 women (from 10 different organizations) have been meeting for the last two years to plan, learn and support each other as they lead kinship support groups across the County. The King County Kinship Collaboration provides funding and support to these groups. This group of leaders/kinship experts include current kinship caregivers, kinship alumni, and former kinship caregivers. Come hear from a panel of four of these leaders about engaging kinship families (most of whom do not have any connection to formal child welfare system.

Barb Taylor

King County Kinship Collaboration

Barb coordinates the King County Kinship Collaboration and has worked in the Kinship field for over 13 years. She has an MA in Human Development and facilitated a kinship support group for two years.

Mary Mitchell

Atlantic Street Center

Mary raised her two granddaughters and has been a Kinship Support Group Leader for over three years.

Cathy Callahan

Sound Health and Kinship Caregiver

Cathy Callahan is a current Kinship Caregiver to one adopted and one dependent grandchild, at this time. The children are now 11 and two and a half and she has cared for both of them since birth. She is a Certified Peer Counselor and works full time as a Parent & Kinship Coordinator for a community integrated health clinic that has a Child & Family Services program.

Mekina Gault

Childhaven

Alesia Cannady

Women United Seattle and Kinship Caregiver