In Palm Beach County over 50% of the children placed in care are placed with grandparents or relatives. Too often grandparents reside in 55 and over communities, are retired and lack the resources to care for children. As a result, the grandparents and/or relatives become overwhelmed, not only with the situation but also with the “dependency system”.
Kinship Connections is here to help – We assist relative and/or non-relative caregivers with understanding, navigating and accessing the system of care for children removed from their parents and sheltered through dependency court. Kinship Connections is a collaboration with ChildNet, Children’s Home Society, the Florida Department of Children and Families and other agencies working with relatives.
Friends of Foster Children provides the support and guidance that grandparents and relatives need in order to “foster” and provide a supportive and loving home for the children. Services include benefits navigation for financial assistance, food stamps and medical care, daycare, and mainstream benefits such as social security. Friends of Foster Children provides advocacy and needed interventions with the team of social workers that are assigned to each dependency case.
Through generous community donations, Kinship Connections can provide relative/non-relative placements with:
- An emergency bag with age-appropriate essential items at the time the child is placed.
- Tangible items may be obtained (subject to availability) such as car seats, strollers, beds
- Access to the Clothing Closet
- Backpacks, school supplies, and school uniforms
- Clothing vouchers
- Certain emergency services can be accessed such as assistance to apply for Medicaid, Food Stamp, Cash Assistance/Relative & Non-relative caregiver funds.
- Events such as Spring Fling, Community Back to School Bash & Rapids Waterpark
- Access to support groups, linkage to other services and resources, networking, inclusion in training opportunities as well as volunteer opportunities.
- AND MUCH MORE
Fostering and supporting kinship placement is essential to not only the well-being and success of the child welfare system but also to the future success of each child placed within a relative placement.
For more information please contact our Kinship Coordinator at 561-352-2492.