Families who are raising their relative’s children are given the necessary support and assistance that will allow them to navigate the unique challenges that they may encounter while raising their relative children.
Families caring for children born to others have unique challenges. If you are a family member raising grandchildren, nieces or nephews, cousins or other relatives; an adoptive family or about to become one; raising children of a family member in jail or raising a child under 18 not born to you, the Kinship Adoption Resource & Education (KARE) Center can help. The KARE Centers are physical sites where kinship caregivers can receive support services. The KARE Family Center in Tucson is a collaboration with Casey Family Programs.Services are provided in both English and Spanish.
KARE Family Centers provide different services in each location, including:
- Information, education and resource referrals for grandparents, relatives, kin foster care providers and adoptive families.
- Help in completing guardianship packets (Guardianship Clinics) for Probate Court (forms provided free), to help caregivers enroll children in school and apply for medical services.
- Legal resource information to help you make the best plans for the children.
- Assistance for families wishing to become guardians or adoptive parents through the juvenile court.
- Support groups for grandparents and relatives caring for children, as well as for adopting or adoptive parents.
- Help in completing benefit applications such as TANF, AHCCCS and Kids Care.
- Advocacy for caregivers and children in school, court systems, health care and mental health agencies, benefits programs, Child Protective Services, etc.
Check with your local KARE Center for information about their specific services. Click on “Search by County” to contact the office nearest you for more information.
For a list of Kinship Resources, visit www.azkn.org.
Services in Tucson are partially funded under contract with Pima Counsel on Aging as part of the Older American Act Program.
Special thank you to the Diaper Bank for their support of our KARE Centers.
Kinship care has been a nationally-growing phenomenon for the last decade. In Arizona, there are more than 198,000 households headed by grandparents or other relatives who are currently caring for one or more relative child. Research indicates that children in kinship care experience greater stability than those in foster care. Currently, many kinship families do not receive the support and resources that would help them create more stability for their household. Arizona’s Children Association’s KARE program has worked for years to empower the community to embrace and support these very special families and their potential to provide a positive alternative to traditional foster care.
Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) was recently awarded a federal grant, “Family Connection Child Welfare/TANF Collaboration in Kinship Navigation Programs” funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau, to continue working with kinship families and to further grow the program in Pinal and Cochise Counties over the next three years.
The overall goal of the grant will be to improve services for children being raised by kinship care providers by assisting caregivers in meeting their family’s needs, promoting public/private partnerships to meet those needs and increase safety, permanency and well being of the children in kinship care. The grant award for the Kinship Support Services will specifically allow AzCA to expand our KARE services in Maricopa and Pima counties and open up KARE facilities in Pinal and Cochise counties.
Funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau, Grant #HHS-2012-ACF-ACYF-CF-0510. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the funders. This information is in the public domain. Readers are encouraged to copy and share it, but please credit Arizona’s Children Association. For more information on Kinship Navigator please contact a navigator today. We look forward to hearing from you. Kinship Navigator through the spectrum of systems will promote an empowered and self-sufficient caregiver while connecting them to peer supports.
Visit Arizona Kinship Support Services at www.arizonakinship.org to learn more or to find kinship resources near you.