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Kin Support Project Offers Help, Hope to Families Raising Loved One's Children

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More and more children are being raised by a grandparent or other relative. Many are suddently thrust into this role and have no idea where to go for help or even what type of services and financial help they may qualify to receive.

Our Kin Support Project assists families who are raising a loved one's children who have lost a parent due to death, incarceration or an inability to parent.

In collaboration with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., Families First's Kin Support Project helps such families that often have a wide variety of issues and concerns, which include obtaining economic benefits and health insurance.

In 2015, the Kin Support Project ensured that 120 children remained with relatives and out of the foster care system.

Cost Savings: Up to $72,709 for every child remaining with a relative caregiver and out of the child welfare system.

Services include:

  • Counseling and educaion
  • Support groups
  • Financial guidance

Advocacy and Linkage to:

  • Legal services
  • Economic benefits
  • Healthcare and health insurance
  • Individual/family therapy
  • Educational services through the school system

Thank you to The Jim Moran Foundation for its generous grant to the Kin Support Project:

The Macaluso Family

Barbara and Jim Macaluso of Lake Worth felt very much alone until they discovered Families First's Kin Support Project. Now they know they are not the only ones who had to put their retirement dreams on hold to begin the role of parents all over again.

They can joke about being the oldest "parents" at their grandson's kindergarten roundup. They can even be philosophical about having to cancel their planned month-long cruise because of their parental responsibilities.

The greatest surprise and hidden treasure they found recently was Families First's Kin Support Project. "We couldn't believe it. Until then, we had no idea that we are entitled to financial help and legal services. And we're meeting other people who are going through the same things we are. It's wonderful!" said Barbara.


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