The Caregiver Support Team (CST) is an intensive in-home service that provides family and child focused services to family members who have become licensed to provide foster care to a relative. Known as kinship caregivers, their needs differ from those of traditional foster families. They are often called upon in a crisis without the resources or time to prepare for the placement as a family. They take on a dual role as foster parent in addition to grandma, aunt or cousin and deal with complicated family dynamics.
The goal of the program is to prevent the disruption of placements and increase stability and permanency while providing support to families that may include securing community resources, parenting skill education, child developmental education, encouraging co-parenting with birth parents, providing therapeutic support surrounding grief, loss, attachment and trauma and identifying and assisting in ways to reduce caregiver stress.