September is Kinship Month
When a child can’t remain in their home, kinship caregivers often take over the full-time responsibility of their care, providing ongoing stability, support and comfort. Kinship caregivers can be family members or someone who has a close relationship with the child like a friend, teacher or coach.
When possible, kinship care is the preferred setting for children because they can stay in familiar settings with people who already know and care about them. Children stay close to their cultural and family ties, while Children Services works to achieve reunification or permanency. Staff assess and supportt kinship caregivers. Click here to learn more about FCCS’s Kinship program.
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.