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Are you a Kinship Caregiver?

  Are you ....
  • An aunt taking care of your niece or nephew?
  • A grandparent caring for your grandchild?
  • A sibling caring for your younger sister or brother?
  • A family friend caring for your friend's child?


If any of the above applies to you then you ARE a Kinship Caregiver!

Kinship care refers to any time a child is being cared for by relatives or close family friends known to the child (often referred to as fictive kin). Relatives are the first choice when children cannot live with their birth parents because it keeps the child connected to family and makes the separation from their parents less traumatic.


Why is Kinship Care Important?

The law states that children must be in the most appropriate and least restrictive environment possible, which is typically a family-like setting. Kinship care offers numerous advantages compared to other types of out-of-home care for children.


Benefits of Kinship Care
  • Supporting Family Connections
  • Preserving Security and Stability
  • Foster Care Prevention
  • Maintaining Cultural and Community Ties
  • Emotional Support
  • Reduced Trauma and Stress
  • Greater Stability for Sibling Relationships
  • Knowledge of Family History

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