You likely know someone who was raised by grandparents, an aunt or family friend. Or maybe you know the adult who took a child into their home. This is called kinship care – loved ones caring for a child when the parents are unable to do so.
The number of children being raised by extended family is growing 6 times faster than the general population.
Children in kinship care typically are dealing with trauma, whether from abuse, neglect or being separated from their parent. Kinship caregivers face emotional and financial challenges when they take a child in.
Many kinship families do not realize that government or community resources exist to help them. Sometimes they receive inaccurate information about their eligibility for help. That’s where you and HALOS come in.
With your support, kinship families can access the services they need to take care of the children they take in. Children fare much better with family than in foster care, but they need your help.
Learn more about how we help kinship families: http://charlestonhalos.org/programs/
Kinship care helps children maintain familial and community bonds, provides stability, and gives them a feeling of identity and belonging. Kids in kinship care have nearly half the risk of behavioral and social problems of children in foster care. Their placement is more likely to be permanent. Kinship care works.