Copied below is also a list of the policy and health system advocacy opportunities the policy statement outlines:

Public Policy and Health Care System Advocacy Opportunities

o   The AAP supports pediatrician, AAP chapter, and federal efforts to work with policy makers to identify and eliminate barriers to the use of kinship care arrangements so that children are able to be placed with kin, when appropriate.

o   The AAP supports pediatrician, AAP chapter, and federal efforts to work with policy makers to support strong systems of kinship care through increased and robust funding to support kinship caregivers in both providing care and accessing needed health and social services.

o   Residency curricula should require education and training on guardianship arrangements, consent issues, and unique health needs of children living in kinship care.

o   The AAP supports pediatrician and AAP chapter efforts to partner with adult primary care and geriatric physician organizations to develop stronger supports for families providing kinship care. Such work might include topics such as better advance planning around guardianship and health care arrangements for children should their caregiver’s health decline and education for older caregivers on current safety standards for sleep, vehicular travel, and injury prevention.

o   To effectively provide support services to families providing kinship care, integration between health and mental health care systems, schools, and social service agencies is important. As a part of the pediatric medical home, pediatric practices can collaborate with other service providers in their communities to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of health, mental health, and social services provided to families with kinship care arrangements.

o   Pediatricians can provide community leadership toward establishing and strengthening local kinship navigator programs that would help families providing kinship care navigate multiple child-serving community systems. More information on these can be found in Table 1.