Kinship is a model of care in which children needing out-of-home placements are placed with family members or other individuals known to the child/family. It has been shown to create better outcomes for children and youth.
By keeping families together, kinship is the best way to ensure that children receive care that is culturally appropriate, and is recognized as a best practice for Black and Indigenous children.
If you know a family that is struggling or a child who is in need of protection, consider becoming a kin caregiver. Contact Kinship Supervisor, Marlene Dei-Amoah at 905-525-2012 ext. 3266 with questions or for more information.
Click here for more detailed information about the myths and realities of kinship care.
Below are links to videos that share the experiences of kin caregivers and the research done on the value of kin care.
A kin caregiver shares her feelings and experiences of changing family dynamics and her relationship with the Society as she journeyed through the process of obtaining custody of her young granddaughter; ensuring she was raised in a safe, loving, stable home environment and remained forever connected to her family. From Waterloo Family and Children’s Services. (2 minutes)
In support of Kinship Appreciation Week, we happily share with you a video featuring a KIN Service family from the service area of Family and Children Services of Lanark Leeds Grenville (FCSLLG). The family of Linda, Megan, and Annabelle, continue to do very well. Linda and Megan share joint custody of Annabelle who is thriving. The family is very appreciative of the support they received from FCSLLG. (2 minutes)
Kevin Campbell, creator of the Centre for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness, provides powerful messages about the importance of children knowing about their families, even if they cannot go home with them, and the belief that families should be given first chance to help with their children when they come into foster care. This short video addresses some of the many myths about kin, with the culminating message of “PLEASE LOOK” for family for our children and youth in, or at risk of entering, the child welfare system. (under 2 minutes) https://www.facebook.com/359002318967/videos/1269656499503/
Longitudinal Study that demonstrates that all the commonly thought variables one would think are linked with health and happiness (money, status, education, employment status etc.…) are myth. The key variable? Key Finding? CONNECTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS ARE THE VARIABLES ASSOCIATED WITH LONG TERM HEALTH AND HAPPINESS. Ted Talk (12 minutes)