Posts Tagged: ‘support groups’

Foster Kinship Expanding Services for Kinship Caregivers

March 6, 2013 Posted by Ali

March 6, 2013 – LAS VEGAS, NV: Local 501c3 nonprofit Foster Kinship is expanding services to kinship caregivers in the valley. The expansion will kick off with a third free family event for individuals who are raising their relative’s children in Clark County, NV. Additional services also include a weekly telephone helpline and additional support and resource groups.

Foster Kinship was founded in December 2011 to help relatives who have taken on the difficult job of creating safe, loving homes for vulnerable children when the parents are no longer able or willing to do so. It is the only organization in NV dedicated to providing support and resources to the over 19,000 kinship caregivers raising more than 35,000 children in Clark County.

On Saturday March 30, Kinship caregivers and their entire families are invited to a free Easter Picnic held at Children’s Memorial Park from 12-2 PM. Families will enjoy BBQ, Shave Ice, an Easter egg hunt, egg decorating, pictures with the Easter bunny, face painting, games and prizes. Foster Kinship will announce the expansion of services to caregivers at the event and community organizations will be also on hand to provide relevant information to caregivers.

This free event is open to anyone who is primarily responsible for raising their relative’s child, regardless of the caregiver’s age or the child’s custody status.

Community Partners for the Easter Picnic include: Las Vegas Center for Spiritual Living, Real Kine Shave Ice, CareMore.

The event will take place at noon on Saturday, March 30th at Children’s Memorial Park.

For questions or to RSVP, please visit: www.fosterkinship.org/rsvp or call (702) KIN-9988. Easter Flyer

Foster Kinship Wins $500 Grant from GOOD for Kinship Caregiver Outreach

March 3, 2012 Posted by Ali

I (Ali) and the board of directors of Foster Kinship are very excited to announce that we have won $500 from GOOD to be used towards kinship caregiver outreach and support groups in Las Vegas. We will be receiving the grant money in the coming weeks and are so excited to get our project started.

For the full idea, click over here: http://goodcitizenship.maker.good.is/projects/FosterKinship

The Idea

Find the kinship caregivers in Vegas! Our goal is to locate as many individuals who are taking care of their relative’s children as possible, in order to let them know that there are new services and resources available to them that will help better care for the children and themselves.

The Specifics

We estimate there are 19K kinship caregivers around Las Vegas, and most of these individuals don’t know that there is peer support and resource direction available! Foster Kinship wants to build awareness and help these caregivers help the kids! $500 would go a LONG WAY to help keep home in the family, and the benefit would be more stability in the home for at-risk children! With the $500 Foster Kinship will:

1. Create printed materials to distribute all over Las Vegas.

2. Support a month of advertising and press releases.

3. Pay for the postage for direct mail outreach.

4. Fund the first few caregiver support groups of 2012- including water, snacks, printed resources and childcare for the kids.

Our goal is to ensure that kinship caregivers in Las Vegas know that there is support available, and to make sure this support is free for those who need and seek it!

Thanks to everyone who voted for us and helped us spread the word.

 
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