The Kin Support Program provides services to families caring for another relative’s child/ren and who have been impacted by this loss. A family service coordinator is assigned to each family and begins by building rapport through the completion of an assessment and establishing a case plan that meet the needs of the family. Through this program, a family can expect to receive supportive counseling, education pertinent to Kinship concerns, monthly support groups, advocacy, and financial guidance.
Families First of Palm Beach County has a strong collaboration with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. The family service coordinator refers families who have identified legal needs to Legal Aid for legal advice, representation, or other legal services. Kin Support staff also provides community linkage to financial assistance, health care, individual and family therapy, and mentoring. Our goal is for each family member to feel supported and heard as they transition into this new role.
Help With Variety of Issues
In collaboration with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., Families First’s Kin Support Project helps such families that often have a wide variety of issues and concerns, which include obtaining economic benefits and health insurance. Our services include:
- Counseling and education
- Support groups
- Financial guidance
- Advocacy and linkage to:
- Legal services
- Economic benefits
- Healthcare and health insurance
- Individual/family therapy
Educational services through the school system
Major Cost Savings
In 2022, 54 families were served, keeping 127 children out of the welfare system.
100% of relative-caregiver children were not removed and placed in the foster care system.
Cost Savings: $105,131 for every child remaining with families and out of the Child Welfare System.
This program was reaccredited with the Council on Accreditation in 2020.