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About This Event

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation “Stepping Up for Kids” Policy Report, there has been an increase in the number of children living with extended family and close friends; 1 in 11 children lives in kinship care at some point before the age of 18. Kinship caregivers face multiple financial, health and social stresses of caregiving and there is an ever-growing need for support and education for kinship parents. 

This presentation will help attendees: 

  • learn the definition of kinship parenting; 
  • understand the various circumstances that can lead to a kinship placement;  
  • hear about the challenges and stigmas associated with kinship care; and  
  • learn about supportive resources available. 

Speakers

  • Alice Smith, MS

    Extension Educator, Health and Human Sciences – Purdue Extension Jasper County

    Alice Smith has been with Purdue Extension for eight years following a career teaching Consumer and Family Sciences. She has great interest in human development and currently teaches parenting and grand-parenting programs, coaches divorcing parents, and works with foster parents. As part of the local drug free coalition she has established a Family Fun Fair, a Child ID Project and a Senior Expo in Jasper County. She is currently coordinating a statewide program on social rejection.

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