Children’s Home offers Kinship Care services as part of our Permanency Program. Kinship Care is when children who have been separated from their parent(s) are temporarily placed in the home of a caregiver who has an existing relationship with the child or the child’s natural family. Kinship Care providers can be family such as adult brothers or sisters, cousins, an uncle or aunt, grandparent or others who have a close tie to the child in need of care. Kinship Care supports the concept of children residing with a relative rather than placing a child in a foster home or other type of out-of-home placement. For children who come into the care of the child welfare system.
Kinship Care creates another placement option for a child who may not be able to continue living at home with his or her parents. Like those who take foster children into their home, Kinship Caregivers must meet certain eligibility requirements and participate in initial and ongoing training. They also receive support and benefit from financial assistance to provide care for the child placed in their home.
Kinship Care is the historic and natural way to support children within their family and community and offers many benefits, including the continuity of family traditions and preserving significant attachments, identities and cultures.