What is Kinship Care (Kincare)?
It is when a grandparent, aunt, uncle, older sibling, cousin or other family member raises a child who has temporarily or permanently lost their parents
You are not alone….
Grandparents or non-parent relatives care for well over 1 million California children.
Your greatest reward from being a parenting grandparent or relative caregiver is knowing that a child is safe and cared for within your family.
To give a child a home is an important and personal decision.
Challenges you may face:
o Changes in lifestyle and routines
o Struggle with finances
§ Can I afford another dependent?
o Changes in family relationships
§ How do I deal with the child's parents now that I have custody of the child?
§ How will caring for the child(ren) change my family dynamics?
o Feelings of isolation, grief, anger, fear and frustration
o Dealing with the trauma, abuse or neglect the child may have experienced?
o Lack of child care and respite care services
o Lack of information on legal and community resources
§ Should I pursue guardianship or adoption?
o Health problems caused by the pressures of parenting responsibilities
We know that caregivers like you understand that parenting another’s child is more than just warm and tender affection. We understand that there is a lot you want to know and much you need to understand when you are taking on the responsibility of caring for a relative’s child.
We will give you that extra support by offering specialized educational opportunities.
Kinship Care Education provides FREE classes to help answer these questions, enhance your parenting skills and increase your understanding of the child(ren) in you care.
We invite you to join our Foster Kinship Care Education Classes.