The public can attend Kinship Caregiver Support Groups and express their concerns during two meetings on June 14 in the county. The meetings are free and are for those who are providing Kinship Care.
Kinship Care is commonly defined as the full-time care, nurturing, and protection of children by relatives or other adults who have a family relationship to the child. It is a growing phenomenon in this country, with about 1 in 10 children living with their grandparents.
One Support Group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Annapolis Area Library training room, 1410 West St., in Annapolis. The second Support Group also will meet on Tuesday, June 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the craft room at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about raising a relative’s child, such as financial concerns and guidance about county services.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services established a Kinship Navigator program to assist family members on a short-term basis to access information and obtain a resource manual. The program is a joint effort of the DSS, the Department of Aging and Disabilities, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Board of Education. The Navigator will guide participants to resources available to them.