Posts Tagged: ‘support’

We say “Thanks” with our first Family Fun Night November 9th!

September 24, 2012 Posted by Ali

Kinship caregivers and their families are invited to our first family fun night!

Are you raising your relative’s children in Clark County? Foster Kinship and The Las Vegas Center for Spiritual Living invite you to a fun free family night to give you the “thanks” you deserve for providing kinship care.

To thank kinship caregivers for all they do, each registered family will receive a box full of non-perishable food items and a grocery voucher for a turkey to prepare a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

Join us for free:

  • Pizza and cupcakes
  • Kids Activities
  • Family Resources
  • Kinship Information and Support
  • Box of Thanksgiving food and a grocery voucher

When: Friday, November 9, 2012

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: The Las Vegas Center for Spiritual Living- 4325 N. Rancho Drive, Suites 110-120, Las Vegas, NV 89130

Save the date and RSVP today! www.fosterkinship.org/RSVP or call (702) 546-9988

Space is limited and a confirmation number is required for entry.

This free event is sponsored by a partnership between Foster Kinship and The Las Vegas Center for Spiritual Living.

Las Vegas Kinship Caregiver Support Groups

July 8, 2012 Posted by Ali

Our next support group meeting is this Saturday- July 14th from 2:00-3:00 at 5030 South Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119. We meet in the conference room of Building A.  Parking is free anywhere in the Airport Center Parking lot.

Come and meet with other individuals who are taking care of their relative’s children in the Las Vegas area. We will discuss the joys and challenges of raising your grandchild, niece or nephew, or other relative. We will also share best practices and resources for kinship caregivers.

Foster Kinship will provide free printed resource guides for relative caregivers in Clark County.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. Meetings are held in the conference room of Building A- next to the Foster Kinship office.

Meetings are free and open to anyone in Clark County, NV who is caring for a relative, formally or informally. No restriction on caregiver age or the custody status of the child.

http://www.meetup.com/Kinship-Caregivers-Support-Group/events/70432152/

We hope to see you there! Have a great week! -Ali

Support Gap in Kinship Care

July 8, 2012 Posted by Ali

Happy Sunday! Every week or so I browse the web to gather kinship news from across the US and post it in our news section here. This week I came across a well written blog post that calls out the benefits of kinship care for children and the lacking governmental and financial support for kinship carers by John Oliver Santiago for the New American Media Entho Blog that I would like to highlight.

Support Gap in Kinship Care

“There are currently 2.7 million kids in the U.S. who are under kinship care. And according to a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this number has increased 18% from 2001 to 2010. There are many ways children can end up in kinship care including parental death, incarceration, abuse, or service in the military.

Kinship care includes children who are currently under the care of non-parental relatives: grandparents, uncles, aunts, or family friends, and can be broken down into two types: private or public. Private kinship is an informal arrangement made within the family, while public kinship is made through the foster care system.

Since one in every four foster kids are already living with relatives, it’s surprising that more aren’t placed under public kinship care. The foster system is a highly bureaucratic process meant to ensure the utter safety of these kids, but has this produced an oversight where kinship care is leapfrogged and kids in the foster system are placed with strangers?

For example, a longtime friend has been trying to gain custody of her two younger sisters for the past few years. Though she and her father live together and show a capacity to provide for the two sisters, they’ve only succeeded in gaining visitation rights and time spent with the girls. The many legalities that the family has to go through to gain custody has only brought further emotional toll on all parties involved.

According to the study, placing kids in kinship care eases the emotional toll of parental removal. But kinship care is also burdened with many problems, namely a lack of government support.”to read the complete post, visit the blog here.

If you have any personal stories of experience with kinship care you would like to share here, please contact ali@fosterkinship.org.

Increasing Empowerment for Kinship Caregivers

April 2, 2012 Posted by Ali

For many individuals raising their relative’s children, a loss of control and lack of empowerment are fundamental issues. While the situations surrounding the need for the kinship care relationship may be overwhelming and traumatic, it is important for caregivers to re-establish or maintain some level of empowerment in order to best take care of themselves and the children in their homes.

Imagine for a moment you receive a call early in the morning. It is the Department of Family Services, and they are asking if you can care for your two grandchildren who have been removed from their parents care the previous night due to allegations of neglect.. How will you raise two children in your small one bedroom apartment? You have retired, so where will the additional funds come from? How will you enroll them in school, and what if they need medical care? Will you be eligible for foster payments? Your relationship with your grandchildren’s parents has been rocky for years due to their erratic lifestyle- how will you cope with the additional stress of raising their children? What will your friends think as your lifestyle dramatically changes in order to parent a second time at an older age? Eventually, you may be faced with the decision to adopt your grandchildren.

A sense of power can diminish when circumstances get out of control. Parenting your relative’s children is no doubt one of those times when power can easily be stripped from the caregiver, as even the most “powerful” individual can begin to doubt their own skills and abilities.  A major factor affecting powerlessness is not having the resources necessary for solving problems. In the common example above, the caregiver can improve their sense of power and control if they understand the resources available to them and the options they have in each system they will encounter. Knowing what those systems are and who to speak to in order to feel heard will increase empowerment. In addition, increasing communication and listening skills in order to advocate for their needs and the needs of their grandchildren will improve their ability to care for their family.

Foster Kinship can assist new relative caregivers with resources and contacts in each system, and is here to listen to their needs and work together to improve the outcomes for their families. Each situation is different, and that is why Foster Kinship will take the time to really understand each family and work to direct them to the right kinship resources- both in Clark County and nationally. In addition, our support groups can connect caregivers with others in similar situations. By increasing the access to resources necessary to solve problems, individuals will be enabled to work more effectively to influence or change the things which are bothering or blocking them.

Call us today and be heard: (702) KIN-9988.

 
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