What is Kinship Care?
Kinship care is a term used when grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and non-relative adults with family-like relationships raise children because their biological parents are unable to do so.
Why Do We Honor These Caregivers?
Kinship placements often go unheralded because many folks see it as their duty to take in family members. What they fail to recognize is that these folks aren’t always equipped with the resources they need to raise a child or children. They will do anything they can to care for the children they love, even if it means going into debt, leaving relationships, moving from other states, and driving hours a day to shuttle kiddos to school, appointments, etc. They do so much and ask for so little in return. When asked about kinship placements, one of our CORE team members had this to say:
Their commitment to share what little they have to begin with is amazing. If there is one thing that is obvious in every kinship home I have been in, it is the love they have for children. Kinship providers sacrifice so the children do not have to.