Summit County Children Services believes that the best place for children to thrive is in their own homes. However, when a child has been abused or neglected – and there is a need for placement outside of the home – whenever possible they are placed with relatives or individuals considered to be “kin” to the child.
With Sunday, September 7 recognized as ‘National Grandparent’s Day,’ the entire month of September is also being celebrated as ‘Kinship Appreciation Month’ throughout the county to honor kinship caregivers for all they do for the children of this community.
Kinship Care is an arrangement where grandparents, other relatives, Godparents, or close family friends provide a child with a home, food, clothing . . . and unconditional love . . . to help maintain the child’s connection with family and minimize the trauma of separation. It is estimated that nationally some 150,000 foster children – nearly one third of all foster children – are living with relatives. Locally, 149 kinship caregivers are caring for 214 children who are in the custody of Summit County Children Services with many other children in the legal custody of relatives.
For more information on kinship care, call Summit County Children Services at (330) 996-1799.