Family separation is common within the system because it's an everyday challenge to find foster families who can take in sibling sets.
Fortunately, because of their dedicated child welfare professionals at Cornerstones of Care and school counselor, non-related KIN and their contact information were discovered using our technology tools. Non-related KIN is someone known to the child through school, church, community, family and friends. These connections are incredibly valuable and are not always maintained when children are pulled into the foster care system.
Liliana now lives in a home with a trusted school friend, while Lori and Jared live in another home nearby. Family search and engagement efforts are underway to identify blood relatives for these three siblings. In the meantime, they will remain living close to each other with regular visits.
The Connect Our Kids team is grateful for child welfare professionals across the country who are using our free technology tools to build support networks around children who need it the most. Their dedication to keeping family bonds strong and reducing trauma inspires us everyday.
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*Names have been changed to protect privacy.