From being served by the system to influencing it: Rynn Bell helps human services agencies reshape how they provide services

The Kresge Foundation recently highlighted a great story about Rynn Bell, a Colorado mother who has gone from being served by the system to influencing it. From sitting in waiting... (Read more)

Published May 16, 2019

"...The more support relative caregivers receive, the more likely relatives will step up to care for their family members. This will help to lower the number of foster homes needed and decrease the number of children in foster care..."

"In order to help relative caregivers navigate supports and services for children they are raising they should receive monthly financial support, funds for higher education and opportunities to receive training... (Read more)

Published May 7, 2019

"...Apply wrap-around care that coordinates efforts from one location for all available services and resources with attention given to specific needs and circumstances..."

"#3 Specific routing for circumstances such as accident, illness, neglect, or abuse. #2 Apply wrap around care that coordinates efforts from one location for all available services and resources with... (Read more)

Published Apr 30, 2019

"...Be willing to go above and beyond your duties to assist caregivers goes a long way - helping them fill out applications and connecting them directly to a resource rather than just handing them a pamphlet helps to make referrals successful..."

"I think empathy and connection go a long way! These relative caregivers often feel isolated and alone in their situations. Our support groups allow relative caregivers to connect with other... (Read more)

Published Apr 29, 2019

Family Voices United wants to hear from YOU!

Family Voices United wants to hear from YOU! If you are a foster youth or alumni, parent or relative/kinship caregiver - share your voice - and you could win... (Read more)

Published Apr 15, 2019

"As a grandmother raising a baby, I wanted to connect with other relative caregivers in similar situations. There wasn't a resource, so I started the local Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group."

"I believe easier access to a centralized resource information source would be beneficial. Many times we caregivers have no idea what resources may be available and no easy place to... (Read more)

Published Apr 12, 2019

"...I would have liked them to go through a training to understand their role for me and understand the trauma I was still experiencing, instead of them telling me I should be grateful to be with them instead of a "random family"..."

"I think that relative caregivers and the youth they are housing should be able to access all of the same trainings and resources that other foster or adoptive parents have... (Read more)

Published Apr 10, 2019

Family Voices United member, Tecoria Jones, spoke at South Carolina's Kinship Day at the Capitol

Family Voices United member, Tecoria Jones, spoke at South Carolina's Kinship Day at the Capitol in March. In front of the 200+ attendees, she reflected on the importance of solidarity... (Read more)

Published Apr 10, 2019

"...A contact person for every family - to answer the caregivers' questions about how to navigate the system and be able to share what services are and aren't available..."

"I believe that a caseworker for each family is needed. This would be a person that they can call with questions about how to navigate through the system, what services... (Read more)

Published Apr 10, 2019

"I would like to see more opportunities for kinship and foster families (parents and kids) to connect. It's most helpful to learn about resources from peers that have been through it."

"I would like to see more opportunities for kinship and foster families (parents and kids) to connect. It's most helpful to learn about resources from peers that have been through... (Read more)

Published Mar 30, 2019