Come jump to sup­port kin­ship care

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

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.

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