The mission of the PSS Kinship Caregivers Program is to aid relative and non-relative caregivers raising children and the children for whom they care by providing support, education and assistance.
According to the AARP, approximately five million children under age 18 live in grandparent-headed households and another two million children are living in households headed by other relatives. “New York State ranks among the top five states in the country with the highest number of children living in grandparent-headed households.” [New York State Kincare Coalition] “In New York, there are approximately 300,000 children living in grandparent-headed households – over 6% of all the children in the state. There are another 112,000 children living in households headed by other relatives. Of the children living in households headed by grandparents or other relatives in New York, over 165,000 are living there without either parent present.” [Grandfacts.org, 2008]
Intergenerational programs have definite advantages for both the young and old. Studies have shown that children who grow up with a familiar figure have a better chance for success. Caregivers need emotional support and assistance. The children in their care require guidance, academic support and resources to stay on track. The PSS Kinship Program is specifically designed to address these intergenerational needs.
Housed at the PSS/WSF Grandparent Family Apartments, the PSS Kinship Caregivers Program serves KinCaregivers throughout the Bronx. The Program is professionally staffed by social workers and educators and offers a wide range of services and programs:
Services for caregivers include:
- Support Groups
- Intergenerational Programs
- Educational Workshops and Seminars
- Benefit and Entitlement Assistance
For grandchildren, we provide:
- After-School Program
- Recreational Activities
- Summer Day Camp
- Job Readiness and Skill Building Training — connect here to our Young Adults Success Program to learn more.
Last year, our on-site support programs helped 120 children stay out of foster, care, saving the State several hundred thousand dollars. 92% of these young people progressed to the next grade level in school.
If you would like to find out more about our services, please submit the form below.
The PSS Kinship Program is funded through Kinship Funds from the NYOCFS, CSBG funding from DYCD, State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance through SHFYA, and the U.S. Administration on Aging National Family Caregivers Support Program through the NYC Department for the Aging.