The Kinship Programs link grandparents and other relative caregivers to support groups, provides education, and increased access to resources in the community. These programs are supported in part by the Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging and the Department of Social and Health Services, Aging and Disability Services Administration.
Click Here for an English version brochure of the Kinship Progam Services.
Click Here for the Spanish version.
More Spanish Resource Information:
We offer several programs in support of kin caregivers which are explained below. Contact us for specific times and places or to sign up for our programs.
Provided in collaboration with Sound to Harbor Headstart/ECEAP, Kinship Conversations offers support and resources to relative caregivers through support groups and workshops.
Olympia – Thurston County
The Olympia Kinship Conversations meets weekly on Tuesdays at the Hands on Children’s Museum 414 Jefferson St SE Olympia, WA 98501. Please contact us to register – free child care is available!
Morning Kinship Support Group for 2016:
We will have a morning Kinship support group here at the FESS Office from 10:00 am to 11:30 am for adults to meet, share, and have a cup of coffee in our conference room “C”. Please contact us for more upcoming dates! No child care is available, adults only.
To download a PDF brochure for the Thurston Kinship Conversation program, Click here: TC Kinship
Shelton – Mason County
Meetings are held fourth Tuesdays (please check dates as these are subject to change) at the Squaxin Island Child Development Center 3851 SE Old Olympic Hwy, Shelton 98584. Participants will discuss a schedule and topics for future meetings. Please contact us to register – free child care is available!
To download a PDF brochure for the Mason Kinship Conversation flyer, click here: MC Kinship Flyer
Centralia – Lewis County
Lewis County’s “Grandparents as Parents” support group is held on 2nd and 4th Mondays from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Centralia College campus, HFL building. All relative caregivers are welcome. College credits are offered for participation. Please contact us to register – free child care is available!
To download a brochure for the Lewis County Grandparents as Parents program, click here: Lewis Kinship Flyer 2016
Navigator & DSHS Services (Statewide)
The Navigator provides advocacy, information and referral services to relative caregivers. Caregivers often are overwhelmed trying to figure out the large and confusing social service, school, and court systems. The Navigator provides information about how to access and apply for services as well as problem solve and advocate for kinship families when issues arise.
Click here for more information to locate the DSHS office and Kinship Navigator’s location for your area: www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/home-and-community-services-kinship-care/kinship-care
Information and resource materials are gathered and maintained in one central location within. These materials are available to relative caregivers in an effort to link families to community resources. The resource center provides information for relatives on child development, community events, and provides access to community services such as: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, medical coverage and services, legal services, housing assistance, energy assistance, and child care services.
Kinship Care Support Program
The Washington State Legislature made funds available to assist lower income kinship caregivers with some basic needs. Contact us for more information on whether you are eligible and what kinds of need we can assist with. Please contact the Kinship Navigator on the contacts page.
A huge thank you to Robert Walker and the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound for their generous donation of a listening devise for the Kinship Support Group.