KINECT: Kinship Resources for Caregivers

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca provides trauma informed education, counseling and training to kinship caregivers of youth who live, work or attend school in Tompkins County. KINECT engages kinship families in supportive and educational services to promote the safety, well-being, and permanency for children residing with relative adults.

Who is KINECT for?

  • Families raising relative children because the birth parent is unavailable
  • Children can be any type of relative to the caregiver if the caregiver is considered “family” by the parents by formal arrangements, through foster care or adoption, or through informal placements
  • Families adjusting to a newly placed child in their home
  • Families that have cared for a relative child for a longer period, but are experiencing a change in the child’s behavior, needs, or relationship with the birth parents
  • Families who need access to resources for either the relative child or the caregivers
  • Families who would benefit from supportive services

What services does KINECT provide?

  • Trauma-informed needs assessment
  • Referral to and support with accessing community resources
  • Advocacy within family court system, school system, the Department of Social Services, etc.
  • Educational resources that support mental health wellness
  • After-care consultation

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group

This monthly psycho-educational support group is facilitated by a F&CS therapist and addresses the unique challenges and issues facing grandparents raising grandchildren. Participants do not need to be an existing client of F&CS in order to attend these group sessions.

All KINECT services are provided to families free of charge.

For More information, call (607) 273-7494 and ask to speak to someone in our Youth & Outreach Services Department.