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, inter-generational activities, in-home services, educational advocacy, holiday assistance, community navigators and peer mentoring.
Each county served by the Kinship Program has a support group. The support groups run for eight weeks with short breaks in between each session. The groups offer fellowship with other relative caregivers, information on accessing assistance programs, an encouraging environment for discussing the challenges of being a relative caregiver. Each group offers complimentary childcare.
• Resource Center
• Legal Assistance
• Family Finding
• Education Liaison
• Intergenerational Activities
• Family Team Conferencing
• Holiday and Back to School assistance