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Information for Kinship Parents

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Kinship Coordinators

Time to Come Off the Porch by Dr. Kimberley Hundley

Time to Come Off the Porch: Journey of Healing from the Wounds of Kinship Care in the Black Family explores the relational problems experienced by African-American women reared in the system of "kinship care." This book outlines the history of the Black family, describes attachment issues and familial struggles in kinship care, shares future hopes for the kinship care system, offers support to those from similar situations, while providing apersonal glimpse into my life as I wrestled with my "enoughness." The Black family has a strong foundation rooted in the tradition of preservation. Minimal conversation has been had regarding the psychological issues developed by children in kinship care situations. Not much information exists outlining how children raised in kinship care family's feel about their experience. This book seeks to fill in some of the missing information.

This book can be purchased from major online retailers or may be available to borrow from your local library. Check Hoopla or Libby for lending availablity.

Foster parents in the third year of approval and later can receive 2 hours of training credit by reading the book and completing the elective training credit form.