In New Hampshire and across the United States, grandparents and other relatives play a critical role in the prevention of unnecessary entries into foster care. Despite this, these kinship caregivers often experience significant challenges and barriers to their caretaking role. With this in mind, New Hampshire Children’s Trust is working in collaboration with NH Family Resource Centers to expand formal support services for grandparents and relative caregivers across the state via the Kinship Navigation Program.
Rooted within NH’s Family Resource Centers, the Kinship Navigation Program links grandparents and other relative caregivers, both inside and outside of the formal child welfare system, to the services and supports specific to their family’s needs. Kinship Navigators provide emotional support, education and guidance to relative caregivers, and offer information, referral, and follow-up services to promote independence and enhance the well-being of the families they serve.
Program Fee: N/A
Kinship Navigation Program participation is free and voluntary and open to grandparents and other relative caregivers who are raising a child/children in the absence of the child/children's biological parents.
Not sure if this program applies to you?
The following are considered Kinship arrangements:
Division for Children, Youth, and Family (DCYF) placement
What is the role of the Kinship Navigator?
The Kinship Navigator:
Helps kinship families access services through multiple local agencies and community supports.
Provides relative caregivers with information and referrals regarding available resources and services specific to their family's needs, and assists them in obtaining those resources as a social delivery program.
Provides relative caregivers with information and resources required for them to complete state and other benefits applications.
"We felt like an island. No one needs to do this alone."
—Cathleen Coburn, Kinship Caregiver
The Kinship Navigation Program helps kinship families find their way. Through a robust network of community connections, a wealth of knowledge, and overwhelming compassion, NH Kinship Navigators ensure families feel safe and supported.
NH Kinship Navigation Programs
Download the Kinship Navigation Program brochure and the Family Support New Hampshire (FSNH) brochure to learn more about Kinship resources and community connections near you.
To make a referral, please contact Joelyn Drennan, Senior Program Director.