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Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA), Robbinsdale, Minnesota, and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) are hosting a resource fair for “kinship caregivers” who are raising the children of relatives or others on Saturday, January 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, 4512 France Avenue North in Robbinsdale.
“There is a big need in the Twin Cities for services to these unique families,” explained Janet Salo, program coordinator with LSS. Currently, there are more than 70,000 children in Minnesota are being raised by family members or friends, creating kinship families.
Being a kinship caregiver brings unique challenges for individuals because children may arrive unexpectedly in the home of a grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt or uncle, cousin, sibling, or even a family friend. Often thrust into this new role, kinship caregivers may not be aware of the resources that are available for the children. The resource fair will help kinship caregivers understand the resources that are available to address financial issues, legal options, medical care, and educational supports.
Peace Lutheran’s work with the LSS Kinship Caregivers program has grown out of its continuing efforts to find new ways to engage with and serve its community. Through its Board of Missions and Outreach, Peace has explored the opportunity it might have to assist in meeting the unmet needs of its neighbors. What was discovered during this process was the large, and perhaps growing, number of situations in which children were being raised by other than their own parents.
There will also be an opportunity for an on-site family photo at no cost. Childcare and transportation are available with registration. For more information or to register, visit www.atpeace.org or call 763/ 220-0873.