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People have always cared for their relatives' children; however, most have done so with little formal help. Lack of assistance may lead to family stress that impacts the entire family. The Kinship Care program at The Children's Home is intended to provide support to relative caregivers by helping families access necessary services, expanding family support systems, and ultimately reducing stress to promote family stability.
How we will LEND A HAND
We've been asked to help with this support group meeting in Brandon, which offers information, education and support for relative caregivers. We usually help serve dinner to the families then entertain the children while their family members are attending the educational sessions. They have some games and activities for the children, but feel free to bring something for them if you'd like! Since the meetings are optional, they never know how many families/children will be there. The volunteers are welcome to eat after serving the families if you arrive before the food has been put away.
We always have a great time at the Kinship events. The Children's Home, the families, and especially the children greatly appreciate our help and the fun things we bring for them!
Please note: If you would like to volunteer more than a couple of times in a row at The Children's Home you will need to go through an approval process with them, which includes fingerprinting and a background check. If you cannot pay the small fee, assistance may be available. Please contact Kelly for more details.
5pm - 7pm - If you cannot make it at 5pm but would like to come later to help out, please give a time you can be there and I can communicate it to the organization.
What to bring:
• Please wear comfortable, conservative clothes
• If it's your first time volunteering with them, please print, sign, and bring the Children's Home volunteer form with you: http://www.meetup.com/LendaHand/files/
• A warm smile!
Directions and Parking:
Click the link in the location above to see a map to the event location.
Other Important Information:
Unfortunately children are not allowed to participate in this event (per The Children's Home).
Additional information about Lend a Hand events, such as RSVPing, bringing guests, waiting lists, and last-minute dropouts is located on the 'About' page, please familiarize yourself with our current policies and procedures:
Join us and open your heart to LEND A HAND!
Please consider this seriously before you RSVP, it is very important that we have an accurate count a couple of days in advance to provide to the organization. Last-minute drop-outs are difficult to replace and reflect badly on our organization.
Is this Meetup full?
Just click 'Notify me' and you will be notified if a spot opens up. This will help us fill spots that open up due to late dropouts!
How 'The Children's Home' benefits our community
The Children's Home provides a safe haven for children who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment. Children need love. Families need security. That's why they are charged with being the source of strength and opportunity for children and families. Through their nationally recognized residential treatment program to their Family Support and Resource Centers, they have impacted the lives of many who rely on support and care during times of uncertainty. Over the years, they have helped more than 6,000 children realize their dream of a family, and they have cared for more than 25,000 children in the community.
For more information, visit their website: