Self-care is key for those caring for others

When a child or young person can no longer remain in the care of a parent, placement with a relative or close family friend — referred to as kinship care — is the preferred option. During September, we celebrate National Kinship Care Month to recognize and support family members who step forward when a child’s parents are unable to care for them. 

Caring for children is a huge undertaking, and often leaves little time for caregivers to focus on themselves and the things they enjoy. Self-care is necessary to rejuvenate physical and mental health, while also boosting self-confidence and self-esteem. Identifying and addressing your own specific needs can help you become a better caregiver and individual. 

Caregivers of all kinds have struggled to balance their personal, professional and child care responsibilities during the pandemic. Many find that it difficult to decompress during certain times, and especially now during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The widespread reduction of in-person school and child care options requires caregivers to give more of themselves every day.

This month’s observance is extremely meaningful as we challenge kinship caregivers to be intentional and set aside personal time each day, even if only for a few minutes in order to maintain their mental and physical well-being. 

Maintaining self-care is critical in creating a healthy, stable home. 

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Sep
3

Webinar: Kinship Care Month | The importance of self-care

Join us as we discuss ways you can care for yourself and create support systems to help prevent burnout.

Sep
8

North District: Kinship Care Month Tool Kit Pick Up

In recognition of National Kinship Care Month, the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services will be distributing kinship “tool kits.”

Sep
10

Webinar: Kinship Care Month | Understanding Secondary Traumatic Stress

Join us to learn how to recognize the symptoms and prevent STS when you, or another family member, are experiencing it.

Sep
14

South District: Kinship Care Month Tool Kit Pick Up

In recognition of National Kinship Care Month, the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services will be distributing kinship “tool kits.”

Sep
17

Webinar: Kinship Care Month | Navigating the courts

Our panel members will provide guidance on which court to engage as well as when, and what legal representation is the most appropriate for your family’s needs.

Sep
21

Metro Atlanta: Kinship Care Month Tool Kit Pick Up

In recognition of National Kinship Care Month, the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services will be distributing kinship “tool kits.”

Sep
22

Webinar | Programs & Services for Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren

Learn information on services and programs available to grandparents serving as caregivers for their grandchildren

Sep
24

Webinar: Kinship Care Month | Couponing and coin counting

How to utilize couponing and other cost saving methods to stretch your dollar!