Friday, August 23, 2013
HALOS, a Charleston-based nonprofit organization, recently received a grant of $15,000 from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, to provide services and support to kinship families. Kinship families occur when a relative, usually a grandparent, steps in to care for children full-time, in the absence of their parents, so that they will not have to enter foster care. The grant from the TD Charitable Foundation will ensure that this important work can continue.
The HALOS Kinship Care Program was developed in 2008 to support grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren in the absence of their parents through twice monthly mutual support groups, referrals for services and educational and respite opportunities. The first of its kind in South Carolina, the program now serves more than 200 adults and 400 children annually.
HALOS works in close partnership with the local Department of Social Services. While more children are placed with relatives rather than foster care, there are very few resources to help them with the obstacles they face.
For more information about the Kinship Care Program, or how you can help, contact HALOS at 843-953-3715.