LIMA — Allen County Commissioners delivered a proclamation recognizing September as Kinship Care Month, bringing awareness to aunts, uncles, grandparents and other extended family members across Ohio who are the primary caregivers to their nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Workers from Allen County Children’s Services (ACCS) were on hand to accept the proclamation.
“Kinship and relative providers are stepping up every day, helping children in their families, doing multiple things with them, whether it be the day-to-day care or just providing support to the families,” said ACCS program administrator Shelly Conrad.
In Ohio, more than 100,000 children are currently under the primary care of grandparents or other extended family members, something that the commissioners did not want to overlook in their proclamation.
“The Board of Allen County Commissioners hereby proclaims the month of September 2021 a celebration in Allen County by recognizing relatives and kinship providers for the services that they provide to the children and the community,” the proclamation reads. “And be it further resolved, hereby request all citizens to consider the challenge of becoming a kinship provider.”
ACCS director Sarah Newland said that 75 percent of the children who are removed from their parents are placed with kinship caregivers.
“We believe relatives and kin provide the least restrictive environment for children,” she said. “Children can remain in their community and maintain those family relationships.”
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