September is Kinship Month
When a child cannot live with his or her parent/guardian/ custodian, kinship caregivers often take over the full-time responsibility of caring for that child, providing ongoing stability, support and guidance. The definition of a kinship caregiver also goes beyond the scope of blood relative and may include an adult who has a familiar relationship/bond with the child and/or family.
Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) serves children and families by assessing and supporting those providing kinship care for children. When possible, kinship care is the most desirable setting for children who cannot live with their parent/guardian/custodian. Kinship care preserves a sense of family and maintains connections between children and their family's culture and traditions, while efforts are being made to achieve reunification/permanency. Click here to learn more about FCCS’s Kinship program.