September is Kinship Care Month!

Kinship care – grandparents, aunts, uncles, other relatives, and family friends – who care for children when parents are unable or unwilling to parent, are an important part of the child welfare response. In fact, the 2.8 million children in kinship families greatly surpasses the 400,000 in foster care. Yet, recognition of kinship families has only recently gained support from many state and federal policy makers.

Education about kinship care is the key to successful policies and practices, and National Kinship Care Month has been a valuable tool in bringing attention to kinship families.

Hope for Youth’s Kinship Caregiver Program serves families who have informal or legal custody of children between the ages of 0-18. Our focus is on providing immediate and ongoing support and connecting families to home and community based resources.

Hope for Youth is partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension, who provides Support Groups, Education Groups and Family Engagement activities to our families!

About Hope For Youth

For more than 50 years, Hope For Youth has provided services for children, youth and families, spanning a continuum of care from out-patient, clinical and preventive services, to foster care, diagnostic and emergency residential services. The organization works with children as young as birth through 21 across the Long Island region. With locations in Amityville, Bellmore, Farmingdale, Bay Shore and Seaford. Hope For Youth continues to grow to meet the needs of Long Island communities. With six residential facilities, 35 foster homes and 165 staff members, Hope For Youth has grown into one of Long Island’s preeminent providers of services for children and families.

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