Being on a recovery journey sometimes means spending time away from home. Kinship care is when family members or close friends step in to care for a child dealing with addiction in the home. A parent's sudden absence can be due to residential care, hospitalization, incarceration, overdose/death. Kinship care keeps children safe and connected to family and community through difficult life situations.
We designed this toolkit to support children and their caregivers, but the tools can be used by anyone looking to initiate difficult conversations surrounding loss, separation or abandonment.
The Kinship Care toolkit includes:
- Information about grief
- Spotting "red-flag" behavior in youth and young adults
- Having age-appropriate discussions
- Interactive exercises for children to express their feelings, promote positive thinking and self-image.
Information for Kinship Caregivers
Helpful tips and guides to support kinship caregivers
It's important to talk at every age about the risks of underage drug and alcohol use. Children who come from homes in which parents were addicted to drugs or alcohol are more likely to start using drugs earlier in their lives and become addicted more quickly than peers from homes without substance abuse.
Exercises for Children in Kinship Care
Positive thinking and gratitude exercises for kids and teens in kinship care.