October 1, 2015

U. S. Senate Adopts the Kinship Care Month Resolution

U.S. Senate Adopts Resolution to Designate September "National Kinship Care Month"

Baltimore, MD, (October 1, 2015) – The U.S. Senate adopted the Kinship Care Month Resolution today. This is the result of more than two years of work by CWLA (Child Welfare League of America) member Gerard Wallace, Esquire, Director of the New York State Kinship Navigator and Public Service Professor at the University of Albany School of Social Welfare, and the National Kinship Alliance for Children. 

In addition to designating September “National Kinship Care Month”, the Senate Resolution

  • encourages Congress to implement policies to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families;
  • honors the commitment and dedication of kinship caregivers and the advocates and allies who work tirelessly to provide assistance and services to kinship caregiving families; and
  • reaffirms the need to continue working to improve the outcomes of all vulnerable children through parts B and E of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C 601 et seq.), and other programs designed (a) to support vulnerable families; (b) to invest in prevention and reunification services; and (c) to ensure that extended family members who take on the role on kinship caregivers receive the necessary support.

International Social Service, USA Branch Inc. (ISS-USA) supports kinship care and facilitates the placement of children with kin in other countries. This Resolution helps endorse the importance of kinship care services and family-based care.

To read the full Senate Resolution, please click here.

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