National Kinship Month
September is National Kinship Care Month—a time for recognizing the value of placing children with relatives or others who are familiar to them, when out-of-home placement is necessary. Living with relatives or family friends offers children who have suffered trauma and abuse a sense of familiarity, continuity, culture and unconditional love from their caretakers. As of August 2017, FCCS had custody of 638 youth in out-of-home care living in a kin-based setting. FCCS also served 124 additional youth who are not in agency custody, but are residing with kin. The agency provides support to kin families both while a case open and after it has been closed. All kinship caregivers are invited to attend support groups throughout the year.
Click here to learn more about FCCS’s Kinship Program.