Kinship Core Training

Kinship Core Training (KCT) is designed to help kinship caregivers develop the skills they need to care for children who have experienced complex trauma. KCT is intended to meet the training requirements for those kinship caregivers pursuing licensing.

KCT consists of the four sessions listed below and can be taken in full or individually in any order. Check with your licensing contact to determine the right plan for you.

Session 1: Navigating the System
Session 2: Growing Up with Trauma, Grief, and Loss
Session 3: Understanding and Managing Behaviors
Session 4: Nurturing Connections and Community

Target Audience

Kinship Caregivers

Learning Objectives

Session 1: Navigating the System 

  • 1.1K - Explain what concurrent planning is and the multiple ways permanency can be achieved.
  • 1.2K - Identify the various roles of child welfare team members
  • 1.3K - Identify ways in which relationships change when you become a kinship caregiver
  • 1.4K - Identify actions and approaches that reduce the risk of allegations and investigations
  • 1.5S - Write a plan for communication and conflict resolution
  • 1.6S - Choose appropriate ways to respond to children's disclosures of abuse or neglect
  • 1.7V - Develop awareness that separation from the birth parent is a trauma for all parties.
  • 1.8V - Choose words and activities that support the children's ongoing relationship with their parents

Session 2: Growing up with Trauma, Grief, and Loss

  • 2.1K - Develop a framework for understanding the importance of child development 
  • 2.2K - Recognize that trauma impacts a child ability to connect with others in a meaningful way, soothe themselves when upset, and choose their behavioral responses
  • 2.3S - Identify safe sleeping environments for infants
  • 2.4V - Develop awareness that children in out of home care have losses in multiple categories

Session 3: Understanding and Managing Behavior 

  • 3.1K - Compare the differences between punishment and discipline
  • 3.2KV - Describe the relationship between trauma, unmet needs, and behavior challenges
  • 3.3S - Choose effective discipline techniques to use in the home
  • 3.4S - Write a plan for how you will respond to a crisis
  • 3.5V - Agree to follow the WAC prohibiting the use of physical discipline with children in out-of-home care

Session 4: Nurturing Connections and Community

  • 4.1S - Identify two ways you can advocate for a child when they face discrimination
  • 4.2S - Choose three activities or actions you can take within the next two weeks to keep children connected to their cultures and identities
  • 4.3V - Consider the important role you play in keeping a child connected to their cultures and identities
  • 4.4V - Describe the relationship between self-care and trauma informed parenting


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 12.00 Participation
    Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

This course is not eligible for Social Work CEUs, STARS credits, or other professional continuing education hours at this time.

Available Credit

  • 12.00 Participation
    Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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