Kinship care recognized in Allen County

LIMA — When one family member is unable to care for a child, others are given the opportunity to step in. Allen County Commissioners gave a proclamation Thursday morning to name September as Kinship Care Month.

“We definitely rely on all of our kinship caregivers; approximately two-thirds of the children that are removed from their home are placed in kinship,” Executive Director Sarah Newland said. “It is people like this that are really caring for our kids.”

Caregiver Troisann Spees chose to fill the gap and care for her granddaughter and her granddaughter’s sister.

“This (kinship care program) is to help keep your family members out of the foster care system,” Spees said. “If they go into the foster care system, you are not sure if you will even get to see them. As a grandparent that would tear my heart up. This is the reason why we did this.”