Kentucky Launches Kinship Support Hotline
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), which includes the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities, has launched a Kinship Support Hotline to provide continued assistance to kinship relatives.
According to the news release, the hotline is coordinated by the CHFS Department for Community Services (DCBS) and provides kinship relatives the chance to address program issues, talk about problems or ask questions.
DCBS Commissioner Teresa James said, “We developed this hotline to support the many families who have opened their hearts and their homes to relative children”, she said. “Our goal is to help relative caregivers get the services they need to keep these children with their families and prevent moves to out of home care. We are committed to helping these families on their journey.
When children cannot stay in their home because of abuse, neglect or dependency issues, kinship care can be an alternative to out of home care and can often help ease the trauma of separating from birth parents by providing a safe, nurturing environment with familiar caregivers.”
FMI Read the press release here: http://chfs.ky.gov/news/New+Hotline+Helps+Kinship+Relatives+Caring+for+Children.htm.