Caregiver support group for anyone raising kin through informal/formal custody or adoption. Bethany Christian Services is offering an Open Kinship Support Group to a) provide kinship families with essential information, (b) offer the opportunity to connect with other caregivers and share skills and experiences in a safe, supportive environment.

Basic Information

Bethany Christian Services
Contact Person
Lesha Powell
Phone Number
Geographical area(s) in which services are provided
Bethany Christian Services of Meadville covers several counties to include, Erie, Crawford Venango, Mercer Clarion, Warren, Because we are a national and international service provider; where BCS of Meadville ends,Christian Services another Bethany takes over; Bethany of Pittsburgh per say
Approximate Number Of Families Serviced

Program Information

Social/Emotional Support
  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • Individual/Family Counseling
  • Child Care
  • Children's Therapeutic Groups
  • Respite
  • Trauma services-TBRI; Strengthening Families programming
Basic Living Resources
  • Housing resources/advice/advocacy
  • Clothing/Food
  • Health resources/advice/advocacy
  • accompaniment to IEP meetings, court Dr's visits.
  • For the Child (in schools preschools or other community setting)
  • For the Adult (formal or informal training in childcare; e.g. certificate program or continuing education course)
  • referral and networking for support services


Frequency Of Meetings
monthly 2 hrs
Average Number of Participants
Level of Formality

Assistance Needed

What assistance might your group/program need to better obtain your objective(s)?
We have an immediate need and would love for college volunteers to use service hours to assist us with watching children during support group. Additionally, we could benefit college volunteers to assist with SFP -Strengthening Families Program -next program is being offered in Venango County and a Life skills group in Crawford County. Also looking for speakers on legal concerns grandparents' rights. dealing with children and trauma, medical challenges educational challenges.

Additional Comments

Our Open Kinship Support Group is offered as part of a collaboration with Adventure Church-Pastor Andy Robertson and Dr Andy Pitrone -Grand Stories -creator. Kinship caregivers can find support, share their experiences, get advice from other members and community resources, and find out about additional evidence-based programs that support the needs of kinship caregivers. Support group participants will learn about SWAN (State Wide Adoption Network) services for post permanency.

Contact Us

Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging

Contact Us

Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging