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PA KinConnector provides guidance, advice, and support for grandparents raising grandchildren and other relative and non-relative Kinship Caregivers
Kinship care is the full-time care, nurturing and protection of children by relatives or any adult who has a “kinship” bond with the children. These caregivers may include grandparents, aunts or uncles, siblings of the children requiring care, cousins or non-blood “relatives,” such as a teacher, coach or family friend.
Kinship care has been on the rise in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Courts have produced this new video to help potential kinship providers learn about and understand kinship foster care, navigate the dependency court system and take the necessary steps to become a kinship parent.
What is Kinship Care?
Authored By: PA Courts
PA KinConnector is an information, referral and education program for kinship caregivers in Pennsylvania. Kinship caregivers are blood and non-blood relatives (ie teachers, coaches, and family friends) who care for children when their biological parents can’t.
There are an estimated 202,000 children in Pennsylvania who live in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. More than 80,000 grandparents in Pennsylvania are responsible for the basic needs of their grandchildren, which accounts for about 164,000 children in kinship care.
The KinConnectors seek to assist these caregivers by providing information on financial assistance, legal information and referrals, and other issues caregivers face when raising children to provide stability and permanency in the home.
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