Kinship Awareness Week 2022
Welcome to kinship awareness week 2022. The hope of the week is to grow knowledge and awareness about the contributions of kinship to the well-being of children and families and supporting child welfare outcomes. Legislation, Ministry directives, Truth & Reconciliation commitments, and One Vision One Voice race-equity practices call on us to be active in kinship search and engagement throughout child welfare service delivery.
Kinship service involves care for children by a relative; extended family member related by blood, spousal relationship. Or adoption; or by someone with whom the child has an established relationship or shared membership in a cultural community. For Indigenous children, kinship includes any member of the child’s band or community.
For this year’s Kinship Awareness Week, we bring together real-life kinship stories of how Standards and requirements can be used to support children and families
Please check out the links below to hear some real-life kinship stories:
Please press the following link to a story of Circle of care for an indigenous child
Please watch this video of a youth and his kin caregiver talking about their experiences of kinship services.
Please watch this presentation of a workers involvement with a prospective kin and how they collaborated throughout the assessment.
Please follow along in the link below the one story of a kinship aunt who welcomed to write her own story “So, you are wondering Why be a Kin Caregiver”. Further, the second story is an account of a grandfather’s interview and summary created by Kinship Service workers “Bob’s story”. These Kinship stories are true accounts, names and Imagery have been changed to protect identity and privacy.
These two stories demonstrate individual ways on achieving a life-long connections to family. Most importantly all planning is unique (inclusive) to each family!