When children require government care, placement with kin offers them an unparalleled sense of belonging and family connectedness. Kinnections provides services to kinship caregivers referred by Calgary and Area Child and Family Services and their families, so children can experience safety, wellness and permanence with relatives and significant others with whom they share a special bond.
Kinship care allows children in government care to remain with kin who are committed to them and allows them to remain connected to their family, culture and community. It serves as a buffer against the loss, disruption and stigma associated with coming into care. Kinship caregivers are faced with numerous challenges and life changes associated with their kinship roles. They benefit from support to address these changes, and to fulfill the requirements of government kinship care.
Kinnections is a partnership program between Hull Services, McMan Youth and the Family and Community Services Association. The program endeavors to connect supports and services around the child by working closely with the kinship caregivers and the child and family team. Services include an overview of kinship care, assistance with meeting kinship care requirements, support with permanency planning, parent training, and help accessing the services and resources caregivers and their families need. We believe in the magic of kinship!