Because kinship care helps maintain connections and promotes stability, permanency, and the well-being of children needing out-of-home placement, it has increasingly become important in meeting the needs of children involved with the child welfare system. Research has proven placing children in the care of relatives or people they are close to helps to reduce the trauma of separation.

Kinship placements often go above and beyond for the children in their care. One such placement, Doris, would make a 30-minute drive each school day to ensure her granddaughter wouldn’t have to change schools. She did this while having 2 bad tires that she would have to fill up in the middle of each trip. When she was introduced to the Community, Outreach, Resource, and Education (CORE) team here at Aviva, she was feeling alone and overwhelmed. CORE helped her get two new tires, and worked with her to get the support she needed in order to be a successful placement. An avid attendee of the Kinship Cafe at Aviva, Doris has been able to help others and made the move from kinship placement to adoptive placement.

Our CORE team has many stories like this they can share. Supports for kinship placement are few, and our CORE team couldn’t do what they do without community support. Click “Donate” at the top of the page and support kinship families by making your tax-deductible gift to Aviva today.

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