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. In 2019, FCCS served 2,.118 children who were placed in kinship homes. The agency provides support to kin families both while a case is open and after it has been closed. Click here to learn more about FCCS’s Kinship Program.
Check out these community resources for kinship families:
FCCS has compiled information about resources available to the Franklin County community during the COVID-19 pandemic on our COVID-19 Resources webpage. There are resources for caring for children in case of illness, accessing testing and parenting tips. You’ll also find information on mental health, child care, education, recipes and more. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for frequent updates on resources available in the community.
This is also a time when concerns about child abuse and neglect have increased and the attention of the community is needed to keep children safe. Check in with families, and if you suspect child abuse or neglect are occurring, contact our 24-hour hotline at (614) 229-7000.