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Washington State Kinship Care Programs highlighted in new national guide: Support Matters: Lessons from the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families, developed by AdoptUSKids.  See pages 198-202.  The guide includes information about how promising support services can help with both recruitment and support of adoptive, foster, and kinship care families.

Kinship Caregiver Program Receives National Honor

DSHS partners with Family Education and Support Services (FESS) which received the prestigious National Brookdale Foundation Grandfamilies Award at the Generations United Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale national conference on July 24 in Honolulu, HI.

“It is a tremendous honor for FESS,” said ALTSA Assistant Secretary Bill Moss. “Kinship Care support is a valuable and critical service for both the children and the relatives who raise them. The important assistance FESS provides families is a great example of transforming lives in action. Congratulations on receiving this award.”

FESS gives kinship caregivers that essential helping hand. Operating with the philosophy that strong families generate strong communities, they offer kinship caregiver parent education through support groups and increased access to resources in the community through kinship navigator services and provide support through an emergent need fund through the Kinship Caregivers Support Program. In addition, FESS staff coordinate the annual Voices of Children – Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives and sponsor Zumba classes for kinship care families along with  many other regional and statewide kinship care activities.

FESS covers Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties.

The award honors a professional, a relative caregiver or an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of grandparents and other relatives raising children.

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