Kinship care has become a growing trend across the nation. Grandparents, aunts and uncles are finding themselves raising relative children with limited assistance and a lack of knowledge. As a kinship caregiver, you may discover that there are times when you are forced to become your own advocate for not only yourself, but for your family and community. You may struggle to get your child in school, receive medical care, or even find the necessary resources and education. It is not uncommon to see policies that need to be altered or put into place so that you and your family are taken care of. The needs of kinship families must to be brought to the attention of many organizations and legislators who remain uninformed.

So, what’s next? You’re stuck. You want to make a difference and bring about change but you don’t know what to do or how to go about it. Will they acknowledge me? Will my voice matter? This is when speaking out and advocating for yourself and your family is significant.

Any parent or kinship caregiver will do the impossible with their family and community in the best interest—no matter the situation! However, you need to be able to spread the word and be the voice that is heard in order to bring about those changes. Take charge. Own your voice.

For more information on navigating advocacy within your community, please contact a navigator.