September is National Kinship Care Month
Many Muskingum County children are fortunate to be cared for by kin when their parents are unable to care for them. Kinship caregivers may be relatives, such as a grandparent, aunts and uncles, older siblings or even a cousin. Approximately 100,000 grandparents are currently raising their grandchildren in Ohio.
Kinship caregivers may also be neighbors, a teacher, a close friend or someone else familiar to the child and family. Many people step up to provide temporary and sometimes permanent care to these children.
Living with relatives or family friends offers children who have suffered trauma and abuse a sense of familiarity, continuity, culture and unconditional love from their caretakers. Research shows that children raised by a safe familiar kinship caregiver have better outcomes than those placed in unrelated foster care. That’s why when courts remove children from their home we first seek to place them with kin.
Our agency has the utmost respect for those willing to care for another’s child in a time of crisis. If you or someone you know is a kinship caregiver and you have any questions regarding what type of support there is in our county – please call our Kinship Unit at 740-452-6339. Marsha, Jennifer or Patrick will be more than willing to talk to you.