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Four Things to Know as We Celebrate Kinship Care in Pennsylvania

    Celebrating Kinship Care in Pennsylvania    
SEPTEMBER 2, 2022    
Four Things to Know as We Celebrate Kinship Care in Pennsylvania  

Every child deserves a safe, supportive, and permanent family. At the same time, every family should have the support of a strong and caring community, especially in cases where caregivers have opened their homes to adoption, foster children, or kinship care.
September is National Kinship Care Month.

Kinship care refers to caregivers — grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, adult siblings, and even family friends — who make the selfless choice to take on traditional parenting responsibilities when biological parents cannot.  The Pennsylvania KinConnector program works in all 67 counties of the commonwealth to uplift these families by providing education, support, and resources to grandparents and other relatives who are raising children. The KinConnector helpline (1-866-KIN-2111) is staffed by knowledgeable, compassionate social service professionals with access to these much-needed resources.   In the United States, there are more than 2.7 million children living with relatives. In Pennsylvania alone, more than 200,000 children are in kinship care. Often, when a child enters foster care, child welfare agencies will first turn to that child’s relatives for placement. This is done to help the child maintain important connections with within the family. In honor of National Kinship Care Month, this is the perfect time to celebrate and support all of Pennsylvania’s kinship families.       
LEARN MORE ABOUT PA KINSHIP CARE   Call the PA KinConnector Support Line Today!
The helpline is available from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
(Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.)        4 Things to Know about
Kinship Care In Pennsylvania.

1. There are two types of kinship care.

There’s informal kinship care, as well as formal kinship care. Some children might be placed with their relatives privately (informal), while others are formally placed in kinship care by a child welfare agency (public kinship care or kinship foster care). 

2. There are many reasons why children end up in kinship care.

In recent years, the opioid epidemic and parental substance use has caused an increase in the need for kinship care, but it is just one of many reasons that kinship families come together. Other reasons kinship families form might include parental military deployment, incarceration, mental or physical illness, and death. Whatever the cause, when parents are unable to care for their children, these caregivers often step in at a moment’s notice to keep families together. 

3. A biological parent can still maintain a connection with their child during kinship care. Learn more: Parental Roles  When biological parents are not able to take on the traditional responsibilities of parenting, there are a number of roles they can assume that match their abilities, and allow them to maintain a positive connection with their children. 

  4. There are resources available to kinship caregivers  Find Kinship Services available in your County  PA KinConnector helps to assist kinship caregivers by providing information on financial assistance, legal information and referrals, and other issues caregivers face when raising children to provide stability and permanency in the home.

Resources available to Kinship Families 

Behavioral Health Services  Child care  Find Child Care & Other Early Learning Programs — PA KinConnector Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program —  DHS PA 211 Family Resources  Clothing  PA 211 Clothing & Household Resources  Food Assistance  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — DHS Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) — DHS National School Lunch Program — PA Dept. of Education PA 211 Food Assistance Resources  Health Care Services  Medical Assistance (Medicaid) — DHS Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — DHS Financial Services  Unemployment Compensation  — PA. Dept. of Labor and Industry Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) — DHS Housing Resources — DHS PA 211 Housing & Shelter  Legal services  DHS Legal Resources  PA 211 Legal Services  Senior Law Center   School Support  Early Childhood Education — DHS Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRC)  — The Pennsylvania Key  Online Resources for FamiliesPA Dept. of Education  Support for Families  Virtual Support GroupsPA KinConnector  Trainings  Kinship Family Trainings — PA KinConnector

Training for Child Care Professionals — PA KinConnector       Doctor Joseph Crumbley
Save the Date! Free Family Strengths Training Webinars
“The Inherent Strengths of Kinship Care” • Dates: September 15, 22, & 29, 2022 
• Time: 10 a.m.-Noon
• Presenter: Dr. Joseph Crumbley, internationally renowned kinship expert, consultant, and author.

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The Arc Lancaster Lebanon Friends and Family

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Positive Approach to Care

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Announcing Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care™ 2022 PAC Conference. Attend virtually or in-person in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 13-15, 2022. Learn more at    Interested in having your organization be a monthly sponsor? Complete our sponsorship form or email us at     
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PAC Champion Course 4 Friday, July 29, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (-4 GMT)
      2 total hours of training for only $49 USD
Learn how to identify Teepa Snow’s GEMS States of Dementia®
 in this highly interactive session.   Register for Champion Course Level 4 >>    

Book Early! Tickets On Sale Now!   Positive Approach to Care Conference
November 13-15, 2022
This year’s conference focuses on ways you can support function for those living with neurodiversity. Learn strategies for mouth care, personal and intimate care, movement, spirituality, and more.

A person-centered dementia care event
to help you become the best care partner possible.
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Upcoming Free Events and Content   Positive Approach to Care (PAC) offers FREE
dementia care events every week for care partners like you.   View Calendar of FREE PAC Events       Brain Connection Café
Monday, July 25, 2022

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET (-4 GMT) FREE activity open to anyone!       Live Webinar with Teepa
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
10:00 am – 11:00 am ET (-4 GMT)

Sponsored by Agrace   Topic: Techniques for Approaching Complex Situations in Dementia Care.
FREE and open to the public. Registration is required.
Bingo with Creativity Café
Monday, August 1, 2022
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET (-4 GMT)
FREE activity open to anyone!        Have questions? We are happy to help!

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PennCares conducts researched-based trainings designed to assist caregivers, families, and professional individuals working in the field of human services.  PennCares provides trainings with excellent resources, current information, all in an engaging webinar format, which are fun, informative, and keeps the attention of participants.

Below are PennCares upcoming trainings. For more information and to register, click on each title of the trainings which will take you to its registration page.
Visit our website, often to see the most recent up-to-date list of our training offerings.
Age My Way Webinar

May 10, 2022

This program is in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers/White Rose Senior Center
One Team, One Mission: Discovering  Ways to Collaborate After COVID 19 May 11, 2022 This webinar is made possible through a generous Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Care for the Family Caregiver: Using Self-Care to Combat Compassion Fatigue May 13, 2022This presentation and the free classes are funded by Summit Endowment. Registrants must be Franklin County residents or employees
Healthy Thoughts in Older Adulthood: Recognizing & Treating Anxiety & Depression May 18, 2022 This program is made possible through a grant from the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, a regional Foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
Preparing Families for Raising Grandchildren from Diverse Generational Lenses
(1st of 2 Part Series) May 18, 2022 (1st Session)

Sept. 19, 2022 (2nd Session)This program is made possible through a grant from Greater Harrisburg
 Community Upstream 
Family Road Map
(3 Part Series)
Must attend all Sessions to Receive books and Certificate of Attendance May 19, 2022 (1st Session)

July 11, 2022 (2nd Session)

 August 3, 2022 (3rd Session)This program is made possible through a grant from Greater Harrisburg
 Community Upstream 
Isolation in Older Adults:
 Managing Adjustments after the Losses of the Pandemic
  May 24, 2022 – Coming Soon
This webinar is made possible through a generous grant from the Memorial Health Fund
Isolation in Older Adults – Managing Adjustments after the Losses of the Pandemic 
 June 14, 2022This webinar is made possible through a generous Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
The New Age of Anxiety and Depression: Navigating Consumers through Stress During Chaotic Times 

June 15, 2022

This webinar is made possible through a generous Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Mental Illness & Self Medicating 
 June 16, 2022This webinar is presented by Drug Free Workplace PA 
“Anyone who stops learning is old,
whether at twenty or eighty. 
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
―  Henry Ford Please keep checking our website for new trainings and information on how you can register
throughout the summer months!
Take a Moment to Breathe: Kids Yoga and Mindfulness ClassesWednesdays – April 27, May 4,
May 18, and May 25, 2022 
This is program is made possible through a grant from the York County Community Foundation
The Whole Child: Children & Family Wellness Initiative(Includes Yoga Kids’ Summer Series and Music & Movement Series)Tuesdays – June 14, June 21, June, 28, July 5, July 12, & July 26, 2022 – Coming Soon
This program is made possible through a grant from the Stabler Foundation

Look for PennCares educational presentations
at these upcoming conferences.
May 10, 2022 – – Holistic Approaches in Addiction Recovery at theDauphin County Addictions Conference (Penn State Harrisburg, Middletown, PA)June 8, 2022 – – Combating Social Isolation at the PHFA Conference (Kalahari Resort at Pocono Manor, PA)


In Person Webinar
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A Resource Fair Will Follow the Presentation

May 13, 2022

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Are you taking care of a child, parent or other family members with developmental or medical needs? Are you struggling with the stress of caring for them?  Is the day to day stress impacting your daily life?  Participants will learn how to identify stressors and learn strategies to decrease depression and anxiety of being a family caregiver. Stress Relief Kits will be given to participants at the live presentation. Participants will also be offered a free class at Lotus Moon Gallery and Yoga and a free fun art make and take session at Hammer & Stain Chambersburg. 
Objectives: Define and explain the following terms: compassion fatigue, burn out and stress. Understand the difference between compassion fatigue and burn out and how the two terms are related. Understand how stress impacts the body, mind and soul.Practice tips for self-regulation techniques. Target Audience:Family caregivers who provide care to family members with developmental and medical needs. Professional Caregivers who support families. This presentation and the free classes are funded by Summit Endowment. For more information or for help registering, please contact Cynthia Bosserman at or (717) 632-552 x3102Friday
9:30-11:00 AM Click to Register
In Person Location: LifePoint Church339 Lincoln Way East