Nearly 355,000 children in Florida (7.1% of all children in the state) live in grandparent-headed households, and another 122,000 children live in households headed by other relative caregivers. The children living in nearly 45% of these Kinship Care households do so without the presence of either parent (2014 Grand FactSheets, AARP/ Brookdale Foundation Group/Casey Family Programs/ CWLA/Children’s Defense Fund/Generations United).
To meet the need of the over 14,000 children cared for by relatives in Circuit 5, a comprehensive Kinship Program was created. Kids Central’s Kinship Care support services are part of multi-level prevention programming designed to keep children with family members in safe, nurturing homes. Kinship families are served in and out of the formal child welfare system. The program continues to evolve to meet the needs of the area.
Currently, the Kinship Program provides the following services: monthly support groups, continuation groups, resource direction, ACCESS Florida Assistance, Family Team Coaching, Family Finding, legal services, case management, intergenerational activities, in-home services, educational advocacy, holiday assistance, community navigators and peer mentoring.
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