Kinship Care

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Are you raising a child of another family member or a family friend?

Then you might be what we refer to as a Kinship Caregiver. Here are two videos that will tell you more about the kinship community and resources available to you.

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  • Kinship Navigators, Resource Persons and Support Groups - Find your local contact information for support groups, Kinship Navigators and resource persons who are there to support you and other grandparents and relatives raising children.
  • Benefits and Services - Learn about Kinship Navigators, Financial Help, Child Care, Free or Reduced Price Food, Foster Care Resources for Children with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability, Free Recreational Passes, and more.
  • Health Care - Applying for Children’s Health Coverage, Finding Dental Care, Mental Health Services, Drug and Alcohol Services, Informed Consent for Medical and Mental Health Services, and Resources for Children with Disabilities
  • Legal Issues - Legal options, Legal services, and Child support resources
  • Professionals - For professionals, advocates and relatives raising children; kinship care related legislative, policy and public information documents
  • What’s New - Special events and new resources
  • Kinship Navigator Case Management - Access our research documents for the three pilot-sites, and training videos for the case management pilot
  • Newsletters
  • Publications
  • Kinship Reference Guide Handouts - Statewide resources for caregivers on topics including healthcare, mental health, basic needs, and education

20th Annual Voices of Children AND Kinship Caregivers Contests

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What are the contests?
The contest honors both, the more than 57,000 children, and the more than 47,000 grandparent & relatives in Washington State who are raising them.

Voices of Children Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives is a contest for children in Washington State, who are being raised (now or in the past) by a relative – other than their parents.

Voices of Kinship Caregivers is a contest for Kinship caregivers in Washington State, who are raising (now or in the past) a relative child not their own.

How Do You Enter the Contest?
Children: Write a poem, short essay, or draw a picture that describes how living with a relative (such as a Grandparent, Aunt, or Uncle) has made a positive difference in your life.

Caregivers: Write a poem or short essay that describes your positive experiences as a Kinship Caregiver.

Entries will be judged in 4 categories: 5-7 year-olds; 8-12 year-olds; 13-19 year-olds; and Kinship Caregivers

What are the Prizes?
The Two Top Entries in each Child Age Division and the top 3 Adult Entries will receive:
* $100 from Twin Star Credit Union


English – 2023 Voices of Children and Voices of Kinship Caregivers Application

Spanish – 2023 Voices of Children and Voices of Kinship Caregivers Application

All entries must be submitted or postmarked by April 15, 2023. 

Sponsors: Family Education and Support Services, TwinStar Credit Union, Lewis, Mason and Thurston Area Agency on Aging, DSHS