About RaisingKin

RaisingKin raises awareness about kinship care – relatives and close family friends who are raising a relative’s child or children. Most often, the family member is the maternal grandmother raising a grandchildren.

The number of children being raised by relatives has steadily increased over the past 30 years. Our social service system was not designed to help kinship families with the unique challenges they face. Foster parents receive financial assistance, parenting training, respite services and have help navigating the “system”. Most kinship caregivers often have none of these services, making a challenging situation much more difficult.

Kinship families keep children out of foster care and in the care of relatives who will love them, keep them safe, provide stability and a sense of identity.

Our mission is simple:

We advocate for the needs of kinship families and promote change in state and national policies to better serve this special group of families.