Having recently marked its 25
anniversary, Edgewood’s Kinship Network – the first in the country – takes a holistic approach to supporting grandparents and other family members who take on the role of raising children whose parents are unable to parent.
Recently, a caregiver and her spouse stepped up to raise several kinship grandchildren. The parents were unable to care for them due to substance abuse and mental health issues.
This caregiver faithfully attends the Quilting Support Group, an important social support provided through Kinship. When one of the facilitators was out on leave, she voluntarily co-facilitated the group for 4 weeks and received positive feedback. This caregiver regularly takes advantage of the Kinship Network’s respite component, which provides child care and activities for kinship grandchildren so the caregivers can have time to care for themselves and attend health and other routine appointments they might otherwise miss.
Edgewood was able to help three of the children to attend summer camps. Her oldest grandson, recently graduated high school and will now attend college, We are proud to have supported him through financial gifts and a laptop as he begins this important next chapter in his life..