What is Kinship Care?
The full-time care, nurturing, and protection of children by: Relatives (through blood, adoption, or marriage); Godparents; Stepparents; or any adult who has a bond that the family recognizes as significant to the child/family.
KINSHIP CARE PROVIDER WORKSHOPS
The Kinship Alliance provides interactive, educational workshops to strengthen the knowledge and skills of caregivers in King County. These workshops are taught by highly skilled and acclaimed professionals
The workshops cover topics like, How to be an Advocate for your child, Self-Care for the Caregiver, Understanding Online Learning, Urgent Help for Students at Home, and more...
KINSHIP PEER MENTORING PROGRAM
The Kinship Peer Mentor program provides support for Native American and African American kinship caregivers in the early stages of the care of relatives' children, and especially for those informal caregivers not involved through a system such as child welfare. Services include:
Kinship Mentoring – provides one-to-one services and support to access community resources for a 90-day period, then assists in transitions to other services.
Specialized funds - provides extra help and specialized support for eligible kinship caregivers. (55+, King County, kinship caregivers, specialized ethnic populations).
If you would like to see a list of King County support groups, please check out this link: https://ccsww.org.
If you reside in Washington and need support, please contact your area Kinship Navigator by looking at our statewide resource website, https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/home-and-community-services-kinship-care/kinship-care. To find the contact agency for your area, check out this page: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/kinship-care-support-services.
If you live outside of Washington and need support, be sure to check with the AARP, https://www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/info-08-2011/grandfamilies-guide-getting-started.html, or https://www.grandfamilies.org/Portals/0/State%20Fact%20Sheets/Grandfamilies-Fact-Sheet-United-States.pdf. Or contact me.
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