Looking for ‘kinship’ families

By: Staff Report
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Kinship families – where children are raised by relatives other than their parents – can often face challenges and KidsFirst wants them to know help is available.

KidsFirst wants to find those families to let them know about free programs that can help them make their journey easier.

KidsFirst is holding a Spring Break Fun Pack for Kinship Families Drive to raise awareness of this growing problem and to help kinship families in Placer County. They need both donations for spring break fun packs and referrals of kinship families to receive them.

KidsFirst is looking for items such as movie tickets, ice-cream cones, bowling, skating, a manicure, fishing, swimming or more. The idea is to create an opportunity for both the child and caregiver to take a break, laugh and bond with each other. 

KidsFirst wishes to acknowledge the following Placer County businesses who have donated to this year’s Fun Pack Drive:  The City of Roseville Parks and Recreation, Re|Create, Nothing Bundt Cake, Roller King Skating and Blading, Baskin Robbins, Golfland Sunsplash, Foothill Bowling Center, Target, Roseville Dermatology, BounceU and Blue Line Arts. 

KidsFirst wants to let kinship families know they have a support program specifically designed to help them. From navigating the legal system to handling academic and social issues, KidsFirst helps these families create strong bonds that help children succeed. But in order to locate these families, the entire community needs to be engaged.

According to national experts, more than six million children in the U.S. live in households headed by relatives other than the parents who provide full-time care, nurturing and protection to these vulnerable children. Raising these children successfully is even more difficult as statistics show that these families are more likely to live in poverty, to be uninsured, and have limited access and knowledge of local community-based resources that can help them.

KidsFirst plans on distributing fun packs to families currently enrolled in the Kinship program, during the week of March 11.  For donations and in-kind support, please contact Dina Navarra, development manager at or 774-6802, ext. 2828

KidsFirst is a private, non-profit organization established in 1989 and is dedicated to the prevention and healing of child abuse. KidsFirst provides an array of programs and victim services that prevent and treat abuse including child and family counseling, parent education, youth groups, after-school programs, information and referrals to low/no-cost resources throughout the Sierra-Sacramento region. KidsFirst family resource centers are located in Roseville, Auburn and Citrus Heights.