So­cial ser­vices, Sky Zone jump to sup­port kin­ship care

Maryland Independent - - News - By CERONE WHITE cwhite@somd­ Twit­ter: @Cerone_IndyNews

The Charles County De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices (CCDSS) and the Sky Zone Tram­po­line Park in Wal­dorf will be the site of the CCDSS fundraiser which will be held on be­half of kin­ship care this com­ing Thurs­day at 4 p.m.

Kin­ship care is a Mary­land law where a per­son re­lated by blood as­sumes care of a rel­a­tive’s child. At the core of the law is the in­ten­tion to keep chil­dren and adults with their fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially their own fam­ily of ori­gin, when­ever pos­si­ble.

“Funds raised at Sky Zone will go to as­sist our kin­ship care fam­i­lies with the pur­chase of items they may need to care for their re­lated chil­dren. No funds will be used for any other pur­pose than to sup­port these fam­i­lies,” Therese Wolf, di­rec­tor of Charles County De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices, said in a state­ment to the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent. “There are very few fed­eral, state or lo­cal dol­lars to sup­port kin­ship fam­i­lies.”

“So­cial ser­vices con­ducts a sup­port group for kin­ship fam­i­lies and it has be­come a won­der­ful source of in­for­ma­tion and en­cour­age­ment for many Charles County fam­i­lies,” said Wolf.

The Jump to Sup­port Kids in Kin­ship Care fundraiser will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. The cost of $20 will get par­tic­i­pants 60 min­utes worth of jumps; $25 will get 90 min­utes; and $30 will get par­tic­i­pants two hours.

The Kin­ship Care Ad­vi­sory Board and the CCDSS will be on hand to talk about kin­ship care, and how to sup­port neigh­bors who may be kin­ship care providers.

Kin­ship care is di­vided into two cat­e­gories — for­mal and in­for­mal — ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices of Charles County web­site. For­mal refers to a child that comes to the at­ten­tion of a lo­cal so­cial ser­vices of­fice and then the de­part­ment places that child with the rel­a­tive/care­giver. The rel­a­tive main­tains cus­tody of the child by pro­vid­ing 24hour care, seven days per week to the child.

Kin­ship care in­for­mal is a liv­ing ar­range­ment in which a rel­a­tive of a child, who is not in the care, cus­tody, or guardian­ship of the lo­cal de­part­ment of so­cial ser­vices, pro­vides for the care and cus­tody of the child due to a se­ri­ous fam­ily hard­ship. Le­gal cus­tody is not re­quired.

Ac­cord­ing to the law, those pro­vid­ing care for a rel­a­tive child for 24 hours a day are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive food stamps, child care, So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fits, med­i­cal as­sis­tance and a tem­po­rary cash as­sis­tance grant. Those pro­vid­ing care must be 18 or older.

Par­tic­i­pants are be­ing asked to present ei­ther an elec­tronic or printed copy of the flyer — lo­cated on the CCDSS Face­book page — to any cashier at Sky Zone and a per­cent­age of the prof­its re­ceived will be used to­wards the kin­ship pro­gram.

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