“Help Keep Home in the Family”
We believe when children can’t be with their parents, they should be with their family.
A vibrant future for all children in kinship care.
Foster Kinship strengthens kinship caregivers’ capacity to provide safe, permanent, and nurturing homes for children.
Our first goal is to build a foundation of safety for children by meeting immediate needs of the kinship family.
Our second goal is to provide the most permanent home for children by stabilizing the kinship family.
Our final goal is to meet the well-being needs of children by increasing caregivers’ capacity.
Foster Kinship’s programs are designed to meet goals through the following objectives:
Legal Status: Families are given tools to increase the stability of the placement through legal means such as guardianship.
Financial Resources: Families are assisted with applications for financial support and may be eligible for a small amount of cash assistance from Foster Kinship.
Community Connection: Families are connected with resources, including transportation, to increase knowledge of and access to supportive programs.
Emotional Support: Families have access to free support groups, caregiver education classes, and family events with other kinship families.
FULFILLING THE MISSION: AT A GLANCE
|Meet the immediate needs||Community Connection||Navigator Services: Kinship Resource Center
Child Welfare Training: Kinship Information Sessions
|Stabilize the family||Legal Status and Financial Resources||
Navigator Services: Family Advocacy/Case Management
Child Welfare Training: Kinship Information Sessions & Kinship Licensing
|Nurturing Homes||Increase caregivers’ capacity to meet well-being needs of children||Emotional Support||
Navigator Services: Support Group & Family Events
Child Welfare Training: Kinship Licensing
Self-Sufficiency: Foster Kinship aims to provide caregivers with options, knowledge, and tools to advocate for their children so they can make the best decision for their families.
Openness: Foster Kinship provides services to individuals who identify as kinship caregivers regardless of the child’s foster care status or custody status, or the caregiver’s age or formal relationship to the child.
Synergy: Foster Kinship will honor and acknowledge the remarkable efforts of existing organizations by first acting as an umbrella over all resources locally and nationally available to kinship caregivers.
Standing in the Gap: As a private nonprofit, Foster Kinship seeks to partner with existing programs. If necessary and when possible, we close the gap between available government and private sector services and the individual needs of caregivers.
We believe that the diversity of families in our community is our strength. Foster Kinship demonstrates the commitment, knowledge, and ability to work effectively with and advocate for individuals and families with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds and ideologies. We serve kinship caregivers without regard to caregiver age, disability status, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, relation to the child or custody status of the child.
Foster Kinship values the privacy of our clients. It is our policy to collect and store only personal information that is knowingly provided to us. We do not share personal information. Through our client database, Foster Kinship collects and stores contact information from individuals as it is knowingly provided to us, including email addresses. Foster Kinship does not distribute personal information or email addresses to third parties. We use this information to contact individuals via email and mail with additional resources that might be of interest, including upcoming events and training, new publications, or other resources. Our families may choose at any time not to provide personally identifiable information, although this may restrict our ability to provide requested services or information.