Featured Family: Magdeline and Rodney
Magdeline is a 63 year old grandmother raising her paternal grandson Rodney, age 6, whom she has had cared for since he was 2 years old. When Magdeline joined Kin Support 2 years ago, she had expressed concern over having to raise a child in this generation. Our staff works with Magdeline to help her gain an understanding of the current generation as well as how to effectively manage issues of discipline and parenting skills.
“Since the help of Kin Support, I am able to effectively manage the challenges of getting Rodney to school in the mornings, and well as to accept ‘no’ as an answer and avoid a tantrum while grocery shopping. I have learned a different way of parenting than what I had growing up,” Magdeline said.
During 2011-2012, the Kin Support Project served 54 kinship families comprised of 76 adults and 124 children. Since latter 2003, over 270 kinship families received Kin Support services that promoted family stability and resulted in no relative children being placed in the foster care system.
Our Kin Support Project collaborates with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, and is a unique and innovative program that provides comprehensive social work services to kinship families, majority of whom are grandparents raising grandchildren. Services address the family’s health, financial, educational, emotional health, social and legal concerns. Program staff facilitates relative caregiver support groups, conduct home visits, and visits in the community as well as provide school advocacy and supportive counseling. Kin Support is keeping families together and children out of Foster Care while being raised by grandparent or other relative. The program assists families with children who have lost a parent due to death, incarceration or their inability to parent.
You help us keep families together by making a donation to the Kin Support Project.