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Erie County Kinship Care Initiative

The purpose of the initiative is to provide information and support for kinship caregivers. The initiative is a network of professionals who share information and resources for the purpose of supporting kinship caregivers., a support system for kinship care families.

Basic Information

Organization
Penn State Cooperative Extension
Contact Person
Lynn Clint
Email
lbc10@psu.edu
Website
http://erie.extension.psu.edu
Phone Number
814-825-0900
Fax Number
814-825-4783
Address
606 W. 2nd St.
Erie, PA 16507
County
Erie
Geographical area(s) in which services are provided
Erie county and the NW Cooperative Extension Region
Number Of Families Serviced
60

Program Information

Social/Emotional Support
  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • Children's Therapeutic Groups
Education
  • For the Adult (formal or informal training in childcare; e.g. certificate program or continuing education course)

Meetings

Frequency Of Meetings
The Task Force meets almost monthly. Kinship Family Gatherings are held 3 times/year—Winter/Spring; August Summer Picnic; and Fall (usually the first Sat. in Nov.)
Average Number of Participants
30
Level of Formality
Informal

Assistance Needed

What assistance might your group/program need to better obtain your objective(s) (e.g., identifying potential speakers, gathering information, obtaining publications, etc.)?
We need help in marketing our services because there are many more kinship care families in our county than we are currently reaching. Considering the financial difficulties of our families, we need financial assistance to continue to provide services to our clientele and their families. Could also use help in terms of being alerted to any and all financial resources available to our families. Identifying potential speakers for both the adults and youth we serve would be very helpful.