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Kinship Awareness Week

There are many great things to appreciate about the month of September…..Cooler weather, beautiful foliage and a return to routine.

It is also a time that we appreciate kinship families and the role that they have in the permanency journey for the children and youth that we work with. The week of September 19th-23rd is designated as kinship awareness week and across the province, agencies are acknowledging kinship families and the important role that they play, and the connections that they provide for children and youth with their family of origins. For many children, being placed with kin allows them to stay with people who are familiar to them and know their life story. Kinship families also allow for them to remain connected to their culture, heritage and traditions which can enhance their feelings of identify and sense of belonging.

Despite the challenges related to Covid-19, kin families have stepped up to the plate to provide a home to children who required an out of home placement. This has been a trend that we have seen locally and provincially. Last year there were an average of 26% of children who required out of home care, placed with kinship families.

We would like to take this time to acknowledge the importance of kin care for children and youth who are involved with Societies.

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