Kinship Interdisciplinary Navigation Technologically-Advanced Model (KIN-Tech)

Kinship Navigator Does Not Currently Meet Criteria

Kinship Interdisciplinary Navigation Technologically-Advanced Model (KIN-TECH) is a program designed to support kinship caregivers. Kinship caregivers are relatives who care for children that are not biologically their own, such as a grandparent caring for their grandchild. Kinship caregivers who participate in KIN-TECH can access resources through multiple channels. First, each kinship caregiver is connected to a kinship navigator. Kinship navigators are fellow kinship caregivers who have been hired to provide one-on-one peer support and encouragement. They also help to connect kinship caregivers to resources. Additionally, KIN-TECH offers a phone intake line where kinship caregivers can access and be referred to services. Support groups are also available to kinship caregivers, which cover topics such as how to budget family resources, navigate legal issues, and develop healthy relationships with the child. In the enhanced model of KIN-TECH, kinship caregivers have access to a web-based system (One-e-App). This system is designed to assist kinship caregivers with the benefit eligibility and application process. Kinship caregivers can also access supports from an interdisciplinary team who specialize in relevant topics such as legal matters, health services, education, and other social services.

Kinship Interdisciplinary Navigation Technologically-Advanced Model (KIN-Tech) does not currently meet criteria to receive a rating because no studies of the program achieved a rating of moderate or high on design and execution.

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed: Jun 2019


The program or service description, target population, and program or service delivery and implementation information was informed by the following sources: the program or service developer’s website, the program or service manual, and the studies reviewed.


Program/Service Description Updated: Week of August 24, 2020

This information does not necessarily represent the views of the program or service developers. For more information on how this program or service was reviewed, visit the Review Process page or download the Handbook.

Target Population

KIN-TECH is designed to serve relative caregivers (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, or any adult with a close kinship bond with the child) who are providing full time care of a child.


Dosage varies based on length of caregiving. Support groups are typically offered on a monthly basis.

Location/Delivery Setting
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings

KIN-TECH offers services over a phone intake line and through a web-based system, "One-e-App". Kinship caregivers are also able to participate in one-on-one meetings with kinship navigators and support groups in community spaces.

Education, Certifications and Training

Kinship navigators are select peer kinship caregivers who have experience maneuvering the challenges that many kinship families face. They receive training so that they are familiar with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) application and can help kinship caregivers use the "One-e-App". The interdisciplinary team is made up of individuals who are professionals with expertise in legal matters, health services, education, and other social services.

Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review

Pandey, A., & Littlewood, K. (2018). Children’s Home Network kinship navigator: Program manual. Children’s Home Network.

Available languages

Materials are available in English.

Other supporting materials

Kinship Care Factsheet

For More Information


Note: The details on Dosage; Location; Education, Certifications, and Training; Other Supporting Materials; and For More Information sections above are provided to website users for informational purposes only. This information is not exhaustive and may be subject to change.

Results of Search and Review Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for Kinship Interdisciplinary Navigation Technologically-Advanced Model (KIN-Tech)
Identified in Search 1
Eligible for Review 1
Rated High 0
Rated Moderate 0
Rated Low 1
Reviewed Only for Risk of Harm 0
Sometimes study results are reported in more than one document, or a single document reports results from multiple studies. Studies are identified below by their Prevention Services Clearinghouse study identification numbers. To receive a rating of supported or well-supported, the favorable evidence for a program or service must have been obtained from research conducted in a usual care or practice setting.

Studies Rated Low

Study 10012

Pandey, A., Littlewood, K., Cooper, L., McCrae, J., Rosenthal, M., Day, A., & Hernandez, L. (2018). Connecting older grandmothers raising grandchildren with community resources improves family resiliency, social support, and caregiver self-efficacy. Journal of Women & Aging, (online advance), 1-15. doi:10.1080/08952841.2018.1444940

The Children's Home, Inc. (2016). CHI CW/TANF Kinship Interdisciplinary Navigation Technologically-Advanced Model (KIN-Tech) - Final Report (Grant 90CF0050).

This study received a low rating because it did not meet the statistical model standards.