A Second Chance, Inc. Kinship Navigator

Kinship Navigator Does Not Currently Meet Criteria

A Second Chance, Inc. (ASCI) Kinship Navigator aims to support children, families, and kinship caregivers involved in the child welfare system. The program works with any kinship caregiver, including relatives or “fictive kin” such as godparents or close family friends. The program centers its practice on the kinship triad composed of the child, the birth family, and the kinship caregiver. This approach is designed to support the family, reduce disruption and trauma, and increase child permanency.  


The ASCI Kinship Navigator program uses Kinship Navigators to identify potential kinship caregivers, prepare kinship caregivers to care for the child, and support families in the transition of care. Kinship Navigators work with the local child welfare agency. They support children who either are at risk for removal from their birth home (non-emergency placements), must be removed from their birth home (emergency placements), or are in a congregate care setting such as a group home (congregate care placements). Kinship Navigators begin by identifying and screening potential kinship caregivers who could care for the child either within 24 hours (for emergency placements) or within the next few weeks (for non-emergency and congregate care placements). Kinship Navigators then prepare kinship caregivers to meet the state-level requirements to become a licensed foster parent and train them on how to support children who may have experienced trauma, mental health issues, difficulty communicating, or challenges regulating their emotions. Kinship Navigators also support families throughout the transition of care by facilitating communication between the parent, the child, the kinship caregiver, and staff from other agencies such as the local child welfare agency. As a part of this support, Kinship Navigators may refer families to services in the community (e.g., domestic violence support, mental health treatment, or housing assistance) or provide direct support (e.g., transportation or gift cards).

A Second Chance, Inc. Kinship Navigator 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: Mar 2024


The following sources informed the program or service description, target population, and program or service delivery and implementation information: the program or service manual, the program or service developer’s website, and the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare. 

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

The ASCI Kinship Navigator program typically serves children, families, and kinship caregivers involved in the child welfare system.  


For emergency placements, Kinship Navigators typically provide support to each family for 3–5 hours per day. Kinship Navigators must make emergency placements within 24 hours.  

For non-emergency placements, Kinship Navigators provide support to each family for 2–3 hours per day for approximately 2–4 weeks.  

For children currently in congregate care placements, Kinship Navigators provide support for 2–3 hours per day until they can identify a kinship caregiver.  

Location/Delivery Setting
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings

Kinship Navigators deliver the program at the local public welfare agency office. 

Education, Certifications and Training

Kinship Navigators should have a bachelor’s degree in social work or a related field, or equivalent work experience. The program recommends that Kinship Navigators complete a 3-day training provided by ASCI. 

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

A Second Chance, Inc. (2020). Kinship navigator standard operating procedures 

Available languages

The ASCI Kinship Navigator program manual is available in English and Spanish.  

For More Information

Website: https://www.asecondchance-kinship.com/programs-services/pittsburgh/kinship-navigator/ 

Email: Jamesfr@asecondchance-kinship.com 

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 A Second Chance, Inc. Kinship Navigator
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 15104

Lee, D. H. J., Huerta, C., & Farmer, E. M. Z. (2021). Kinship navigation: Facilitating permanency and equity for youth in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 131, Article 106251. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106251

This study received a low rating because baseline equivalence of the intervention and comparison groups was necessary and not demonstrated.