At DC KinCare Alliance, we seek to achieve a future where all DC children live in a safe and stable home. We believe that supporting kin caregivers (usually grandparents or other relatives) who raise children in crisis will help accomplish this goal. We work to support relative caregivers who have opened their homes and hearts to DC’s most vulnerable and at-risk children whose parents are not able to care for them. Parents may be incarcerated, homeless, have a substance use or mental health problem, abuse or neglect their children, or have been detained or deported. Relatives often step up to care for these children who have multiple and varied needs without any assistance, and do so despite the fact that many live in poverty and are disabled themselves. At DC KinCare Alliance, we respect and empower relatives to care for these children by providing legal representation, information and education to caregivers, as well as identifying, assisting with obtaining, and advocating for effective health and mental healthcare, substance use treatment, financial supports, and other support services for the whole family unit.
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