WHAT IS KINSHIP CARE?

Family taking care of extended family. Elderly, single working grandparents raising grandchildren who were born addicted to drugs. Aunts and uncles who step in when their nieces and nephews are abused or neglected.

 

The number of children being taken care of by extended family is growing 6 times faster than the general population.

 

If these children were in the foster care system, they’d qualify for the financial support and programs they desperately need to survive. But they don’t.

 

HALOS fills a huge vacuum of need. Without HALOS… and without your support… children and their caregivers will continue to be all alone and continue to not see the hope that is often found when HALOS works with them.

 

But more and more children need your help now more than ever.

 

Here’s what you make possible:

  1. Kinship caregivers tend to be poorer, older, and less-educated than traditional parents. HALOS keeps children for being trapped in a cycle of poverty through links to financial assistance for food and health care.
  2. Some children can’t enroll in school or even receive medical treatment because their caregivers aren’t their legal guardians. HALOS connects families to the legal help they need to establish legal guardianship.
  3. Children are scared when they’re taken from their homes. Caregivers oftentimes have difficulty coping with daunting new responsibilities. HALOS stops these problems from becoming a crises through support groups and access to professional care.
  4. For those families that qualify, HALOS has launched a program that provides 12-18 months of enhanced case management with a Success Coach. This program allows the Success Coach to work with the children and caregivers to acknowledge and work through any concerns or risk factors and together they create action plans to include strategies that provide them with necessary tools to be successful.

The term kinship care refers to situations in which children are cared for full time by blood relatives or other adults with whom they have a family-like relationship, such as godparents or close family friends. There are two main types of kinship care. Private, or informal, kinship care is an arrangement in which extended family members raise children without the involvement of child protective services. Public kinship care describes situations in which families care for children involved with the child welfare system. Kinship foster care describes the subset of child welfare-involved children who are placed with relatives, but remain in the legal custody of the state. Kinship care helps children maintain familial and community bonds, stability, and provides them with a feeling of identity and belonging during times of crisis.

4995 Lacross Rd. Suite 1250
North Charleston, SC 29406

Phone: 843-990-9570
Fax: 843-410-1848

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