A Brookdale Foundation Funded Program
KinCare provides services, support and assistance specifically to grandparents and/or other relative caregivers who are acting as surrogate parents or who have custody of relative children. Services include care coordination, monthly support groups, events, back to school supplies, counseling/case management, legal assistance, parenting education and information, advocacy, and information and referral.
There is a growing need for
in our region as we are witnessing a huge increase in the number of children
being raised by their grandparents or other relatives. There are
many reasons why children are not with their biological parents such as:
substance abuse by the parent(s); abuse or neglect of the child; parent(s)
incarceration; parent(s) mental illness; abandonment of the child; death of
parent(s); divorce of parent(s); lack of parenting skills; inability to
provide care for child; illness of parent(s). Children in the KinCare
Program may be in the caregiver's home for a variety of reasons, such as:
as part of the formal foster care system (applied to be a foster parent and
child is placed by Department of Social Services); in the informal foster
care (placed with a relative by parent(s) or Department of Social Services);
legal custody of the child has been appointed to the caregiver; or the
relative child has been adopted by the relative caregiver. If children
are not part of the formal foster care system their grandparents do not
receive governmental financial support for their care nor any of the other
services available to foster care families.
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