May is National Foster Care Month! This year, we are spreading the word on the importance of kinship care and highlighting how maintaining relationships with relatives or other close connections can help young people stay connected to their roots and support families on a path to permanency. Acknowledging the unique role kinship caregivers play in working to achieve reunification for children and youth in foster care is a key factor in moving the system toward one that truly supports families.
A Kinship Navigator Intake Coordinator will be available by phone to answer your basic kinship questions, refer you to resources, and set up an appointment with a Foster Kinship Family Advocate for a family evaluation and additional services.
Our helpline hours are Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Friday-Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
Foster Kinship helpline is not a crisis or emergency line. If you are facing an urgent situation due to a lack of resources, call or visit Nevada 2-1-1.
If you need to report child abuse or neglect in Nevada, please call the appropriate child abuse hotline:
A: Many individuals who step in to raise their relative’s child or children are unprepared. They may lack the short-term financial ability, an understanding of the educational, medical, and legal systems they will be required to navigate for the child or the knowledge of their options.
In most cases, kinship caregivers are dealing with a family system that is broken on some level, and keeping the child safe will mean sacrificing some of their own comforts.
In 2008 the Junior League of Las Vegas compiled a report entitled “Kinship Care in the Las Vegas Valley.” 50 kinship caregivers contributed to conversations about their needs in Vegas. The specific needs they stated are:
These results of this report were the starting place for designing Foster Kinship’s services, as we aim to “stand in the gap” for caregivers and provide the services they themselves are requesting. Where services are not already available in the community, we will work to provide assistance to this population.
A: Based on the U.S. Census, Annie E Casey estimates that 33,000 children are in kinship care in Nevada without a parent present in the home (2018), which would mean approximately 25,000 are located in Clark County, NV.
Nationally, it is estimated that of children in kinship care arrangements, 69% are being raised by grandparents, with 31% being raised by an aunt, uncle or another relative (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001).