One of the greatest gifts a parent or guardian can give a child is a stable and loving home environment. During the week of September 24, 2020, the Children’s Aid Society of Algoma recognizes the life-changing contribution that kinship caregivers make when they provide a supportive home for many children and youth who come to live with them every year, because children tend to do best when they grow up with and are cared for by people they know and love. When a child or youth can no longer remain in the care of a parent, a short or long term placement with a relative or close family friend—referred to as kinship care —is the preferred option as the child remains connected with their family, extended family, heritage, culture, and traditions. This helps build a sense of belonging, safety, and security for children.
Kinship caregivers can be grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family members and community members who have opened their homes and their lives to care for children and youth who need a safe and nurturing place to live while their parent(s) address challenges or difficulties that affect their ability to care for their children. In the district of Algoma, we currently have approximately 80 Kinship Care families that are caring for over a hundred children and youth.
On behalf of the Children’s Aid Society of Algoma, a huge THANK YOU to all of the Kinship Care Providers who are caring for children and youth. You are integral to the work we do to keep children and youth safe and well, and families and communities strong.
During Kinship Appreciation and Awareness week we formally recognize all of our dedicated Kinship Care Service Providers who are caring for children and youth across the District of Algoma.