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Arizona Kinship Support Services (AKSS)

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.

Services in Tucson are partially funded under contract with Pima Counsel on Aging as part of the Older American Act Program.

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