In addition, the House of Representatives funded $150,000 for the Department of Social Services to fund a study on the creation of emergency accommodation strategies. They also funded HB933 to extend the kinGAP program to fictitious kin relatives. Did you miss Foster Care and Kinship Care Advocacy Day? Don`t worry! Here`s a RECAP from this year`s Advocacy Day 2020! Make sure you stay abreast of GA session`s successes by also reading Allison Gilbreath`s Voices blog! vakids.org/our-news/blog/continued-momentum-foster-care-in-the-2020-legislative-session The longer a worker`s case ™, the less time they have to support your family. Fall loads of 15 to 20 are considered optimal, but most workers have a higher fall load. Keep in mind that workers have much more responsibilities than just visiting with the children on their fall load. There are court representations, agency meetings, service planning meetings and many other tasks for a caregiver. The school service may also require a parent or parent to request that a written audit be conducted with the social services department in which the parent or parent lives, or with that department and the social services department in which the adult parent lives, that the kinship agreement serves a legitimate purpose that, in the best interests of the other child, is school enrolment. Are you limited to an age group? Are you able to care for a child with special needs? LDSS will have a number of children, from low intensity to high intensity of distress. Private agencies will focus more on children with more needs. This has often put parents in the terrible dilemma of essentially having to decide whether (a) the child should be handed over to the court system or even the child should be adopted, or b) to care for the child if he or she was unable to care for them. We are grateful to the families across the Commonwealth who have been involved in recent years in informing legislators about kinship care.
In 2017, Voices did a kinship care listening tour during which we heard stories of distress and resilience.