Welcome to the HALOS Study at Child Trends

Aug 30 2023

Thank you for your interest in our study. Are you raising grandchildren or the child of a relative or friend? With your help, we hope to learn how we can improve services for caregivers just like you!

Who we are

Child Trends is a nonprofit research organization committed to improving the lives of children and families. We conduct research to better understand and improve the services and policies that impact children and families’ lives. We are partnering with an organization called HALOS to evaluate the kinship navigator services they provide to caregivers in the Charleston, South Carolina area.

Meet our HALOS research team

Rebecca Carrell headshot

Rebecca Carrell

Sarah Catherine Williams

Emily Maxfield

Rebecca Vivrette

Ja’Chelle Ball

Shreya Mukhopadhyay

About our study

We understand that caring for and raising children, while rewarding, can also be stressful. To better support caregivers, we will investigate the degree to which the services provided by HALOS support kinship caregivers and their children. To learn more about how HALOS helps caregivers, we’ll compare the outcomes (e.g., parenting practices, economic and housing stability, family functioning) of caregivers who are enrolled in the HALOS program with caregivers who are not.

Your rights as a research participant

As a research participant, you have rights that you should be fully aware of.

  • Your participation is voluntary. It is your choice to participate in the study and you have the right to stop participating at any time.
  • Your information is confidential. A study ID number will be assigned to your survey responses to help protect your privacy. Your name or any personal information will not be shared outside of the study team or when we report the study results.
  • If at any point you want more information about the study or your rights, you can contact Sarah Catherine Williams (swilliams@childtrends.org or (240) 223-9230). You may also contact the Child Trends Institutional Review Board (IRB), which has ensured that your rights as participants are protected in the study (irbparticipant@childtrends.org or (855) 288-3506).

How you can help

We are looking for people who live in counties that do not yet have HALOS services to join our study. Your time and participation are key to the success of our project! If you are eligible for the study, we will ask you to complete three surveys over the next six months. The surveys will ask about your family, the resources you have or need to be a caregiver, and your feelings about being a kinship caregiver. For each survey that you complete, we will send you a $30 gift card in the mail, for a total of $90.

If you would like to be in our study, please contact Rebecca Carrell at rebecca@charlestonhalos.org or (843) 974-3860 between 8:00am and 5:00 pm EST to express your interest and learn more about the study.