Kinship Care Committee
Kinship families are ones where someone is raising a child for another person. Often the kinship caregiver is a family member – like a grandparent, aunt, uncle, older sibling, cousin, etc. – but not always. Godparents or close family friends can also be kinship caregivers.
The Fairfax County Kinship Care Committee is a collaboration of public and private partners who come together to promote the value and wellbeing of kinship families in Fairfax County. The committee has been in existence since 2004.
Goals and objectives of the Kinship Care Committee include:
- Providing outreach, education, and support to kinship families
- Identifying the needs of kinship families by collecting data, building a profile, and determining gaps and successes in services
- Utilizing data and statistics to educate, address service gaps, market and secure funds (e.g. grants)
- Increasing service capacity by seeking sponsorship, leveraging resources, and developing partnerships
- Developing regional expertise in serving kinship families through the Kinship Care Committee
- Exploring and establishing “best practices” for providing better services and meeting the unique needs of kinship families
- Monitoring policies and legislation in reference to kinship issues in order to enhance services to kinship families
Standing subcommittees include: Public Information, Training, and Kinship Respite. Through the work of the subcommittees and the Kinship Care Committee as a whole, a variety of activities or services are offered, including trainings and presentations, ongoing support groups, resource information including a Kinship Quick Guide and Caregiver Newsletters, and Kinship Respite Days.
The Kinship Care Committee partners include: two Kinship Caregivers, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (Infant and Toddler Connection), Department of Family Services, Fairfax County Public Schools, George Mason University, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Neighborhood and Community Services, Northern Virginia Family Service, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Formed Families Forward. Additional partners are welcome.
For more information about The Kinship Care Committee, call 703-324-7734.