3% of U.S. children are not living with their parents. They can end up on the streets, in traditional foster care, or under the guardianship of a friend or family member. If they are fortunate enough to stay with family (kin) or close family friends (fictive kin), research shows better mental health outcomes, reduced childhood trauma, and less separation from siblings—all very good things. Many beneficial resources that are available to foster parents have been denied to kinship caregivers. Our program seeks to bridge that gap, and provide training, assistance, and support for kinship caregivers.
Support for kinship caregivers
THE BEST PLACE FOR DISPLACED CHILDREN IS WITH FAMILY + FRIENDS
We can do a lot.
- Connect you to appropriate services available from nonprofits, faith organizations, and city, state, and national governments.
- Training in caregiving, self-care, mental health, legal assistance, social media, technology, child development, trauma, financial planning, taxes, and cultural competency.
- Register children for school and apply for medical services. Respite Care, Guardianship Assistance, Child Care Assistance, and Educational Resources.
- Acquire legal services in relation to guardianship or custody orders, visitation, public benefits, child support, financial matters, housing negotiations, and immigration.
- Access Temporary Assistance For Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, WIC, Supplemental Security Income, Housing Authority, Income Support Division, and Medicaid.
- Therapeutic Services: Behavioral Management Services, Case Management, Peer Support Services, Individual and Family Therapy