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We focus our work in three key areas, because nurturing the potential of kids, helping people live healthier, and supporting our neighbors are fundamental to strengthening communities.
Kinship support services programKinship Support Services Program (KSSP) ssists and provides services to relative caregivers who are caring full time for a child in their family. These caregivers may serve as short-term or long-term primary caregivers for children whose own parents are unable to care for them.
KSSP primarily provides:
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|Kinship Support Services Program (KSSP) offers case management based on a peer-to-peer model by a case manager, who has personal and professional kinship experience|
|The Kinship program was developed to respond to the perceived needs of kinship caregivers due the growth in kinship families, who often have the least financial resources and highest social service needs.|
|The County of San Diego, Aging and Independence Services (AIS) provides kinship caregivers the chance to become eligible to have their children enrolled in limited childcare, before and after school care, day camp, or overnight camp, to give caregivers time for rest and relief.|
Note: Relative caregivers do not need to participate in Kinship Navigator Services or Case Management if they are only interested in respite services. Services are available in both English and Spanish to better meet the individual needs of clients.
Our MissionThe mission of the YMCA Kinship Support Services Program (KSSP) is to support kinship caregivers throughout San Diego County in achieving Safety, Permanency, & Well-being for their families through education, advocacy and community collaboration.
Case Management & Respite Services
(619) 543-9850 If you would like additional information or are interested in kinship support services, please contact us at (619) 543-9850 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Kinship Care?Kinship is family care. Kinship refers to relative caregivers. "Relative" means an adult who is related to the child by blood, adoption, or affinity within the fifth degree of kinship, including stepparents, step siblings, and all relatives whose status is preceded by the words "great,", "great-great,", or "grand," or the spouse of any of these persons, even if the marriage was terminated by death or dissolution. These children are placed in the caregivers' home formally by the juvenile court and probate court or informally through a family arrangement.
We strive to support kinship caregivers through San Diego County in achieving safety, permanency, and well-being for their families through education, advocacy and community collaboration. For most relatives, suddenly becoming a relative caregiver can be an almost overwhelming responsibility. We strengthen support systems by offering county-wide services to help caregivers preserve the family unit to avoid the entry/re-entry of children into the foster care system.
Our program is funded in part by the federal government through the Administration on Children and Families (ACF), Children’s Bureau, and the County of San Diego. Our close community partners include the Child Welfare Services, Aging and Independence Services, Casey Family Programs, and Grossmont Community College.