For those who are primarily responsible for the child of another family member, Catholic Charities’ Kinship Caregiver program is a resource for families in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties who may need help getting out. the role of parent and become that of parent.
Kinship care refers to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, adult siblings, and even caring family friends who take care of full-time education and the protection of children when they have been separated from their biological partners.
Over 200,000 children in New York State live full time with parents.
“Catholic Charities has offered the Kinship Caregiver program for over a decade in Cattaraugus County, and we are marking a successful first year by expanding the program to families in Allegany County,” said Danielle Kielar, program social worker. “Family care can be difficult, but it can also be a truly rewarding experience, which is why we are here to help overcome challenges and encourage companionship with other parent families.”
Catholic Charities’ Kinship Caregiver program can help families find resources in their community and offer personal assistance, including case management, family counseling and parenting education.
Catholic Charities also offers support groups for related families, family YMCA memberships for those who regularly participate in group activities, and youth groups / family home evenings.
Last year, Catholic Charities announced the expansion of its Kinship Caregiver program to Allegany County and the enhancement of the Cattaraugus County program with a three-year grant from the Office of Children and Community Services. family from New York State.
The program has exceeded its original goals and is currently working with more than 25 families in Allegany County and 25 in Cattaraugus County.
For more information on the Kinship Caregiver program in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties and eligibility requirements, call (716) 372-0101 or visit ccwny.org/parenté.