CYFD Resource Family Training

Webinar–May 2020

The Value of Kinship Caregiving and Honoring Family Connections in Trying Times.

In New Mexico and across the country there has been an increase in the number of children living with kinship resource families. Research shows the benefits of children living with and staying connected to kin. This workshop will discuss the value of placing children with kin, the many caregiving and permanency options, and strategies to support kinship families. These strategies will include the need for additional support for families while also coping with the national pandemic.  Additionally, we will explore the role of foster parents in keeping children who are not placed with kin connected to family as well as the unique challenges we face in our efforts to honor family connections.

Brought to you by the American Bar Association and Generations United in partnership with Casey Family Programs, CYFD  Protective Services and New Mexico State University.

Below is the recording for the Value of Kinship Training.


Click here for a copy of the Power Point


 Heidi Redlich Epstein, JD, MSW, is the Director of Kinship Policy and the Assistant Director of State Projects at the ABA Center on Children and the Law. Heidi helped develop and currently co-manages the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center at in partnership with Casey Family Programs and Generations United. Her other kinship efforts include training and technical assistance on kinship issues, and helping develop the National Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards. In her State Projects work, Heidi co-manages the Permanency Barriers Project and provides technical assistance and legal training to judges, attorneys, and social service professionals. Prior to her work at the ABA, Heidi was a Law Guardian for Legal Aid of Maryland and a residential social worker in upstate New York.

Ana Beltran is an attorney and special advisor to Generations United in Washington, D.C. She has been working with Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies since 1999, virtually since its inception. Ms. Beltran heads Generations United’s collaboration with the ABA Center on Children and the Law, which created and maintains and jointly developed NARA National Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards on which the National Standards called for in the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First Act) “relied heavily” and “gave considerable deference.” Ms. Beltran also provides technical assistance and training on the breadth of kinship care issues and has worked to help enact and implement several federal and state laws to support the families, including the Family First Act. Prior to joining Generations United, Ms. Beltran worked in all three branches of the federal government and was a practicing attorney.

Emily Peeler, JD, MSW, joined the ABA Center on Children and the Law as a staff attorney in 2016. Ms. Peeler works on a variety of projects, including the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, Pennsylvania Education Barriers, the Capacity Building Center for Courts, kinship care and parent representation. Prior to this position, Ms. Peeler worked at the National Association for Law Placement as a Street Law fellow, where she managed a legal diversity pipeline program with law firms and high schools across the country. Ms. Peeler also worked as a youth advocacy coordinator at CASA for Children of D.C. Emily received her J.D. from University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, her M.S.W. from Boston University and B.S.W. from the University of Louisville.