Social services, Sky Zone jump to support kinship care
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.