Come jump to support kinship care
On Thursday, July 16, Sky Zone in Waldorf will be the site of the Charles County Department of Social Services fundraiser on behalf of kinship care. Our advisory board will be on hand to talk about kinship care, the department and how you can support your neighbors who may just be kinship care providers. Many relatives — often grandparents — are raising their relative children due to a parents inability to parent every day.
Kinship care is not new and parents often need their relatives help to raise their child for a short or a long term period. In these troubled time of opioid abuse, we are seeing more grandparents, aunts and uncles taking on the job of raising their related children. Unfortunately, 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.
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 are used for any other purpose than to support these families. On Thursday, July 13, from 4-8 p.m., anyone who pays to jump and shows the Sky Zone flyer will support our kinship care program through Sky Zone’s donation of a percentage of their profits to the program. The flyer can be printed or just show to the cashier on your phone. Anyone can access the flyer through our Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/CharlesCountyDSS/. Come learn about kinship care. Come and get a wristband. Come and jump for kinship care. Hope to see you there.
Therese Wolf, La Plata The writer is the director of the Charles County Department of Social Services.