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Kinship Center

Mission

The mission of Kinship Center is to sustain safe, loving, permanent families for children in our community who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment through a full range of services. These include Foster care, relative caregiver support, adoption, mental health, early intervention parent education and support. Our core belief is that every child deserves a permanent family where they can heal, thrive and grow to healthy adulthood.

The Big Idea

The mission of Kinship Center is to sustain safe, loving, permanent families for children who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment through a full range of services. These include foster care, relative caregiver support, adoption, mental health, early intervention parent education and support. The center’s Family Ties program works to increase healthy family functioning for families built by relatives who have unexpectedly taken on the permanent care of children whose birth parents are incarcerated, gripped by addiction, or otherwise not able to parent their children. The program predominantly serves low-income families—most caregivers are seniors living on fixed incomes—who are experiencing increasing economic, emotional, and social stress and need additional support to be successful as caregivers. The ultimate goal is to create a stable, safe family environment where children and teens can heal, thrive, and grow to healthy adulthood.

Kinship Center provided us with immense support and training that taught us how to better understand what the children were going through and how to help each other cope with the trauma. We are thankful to say we are rebuilding our family and learning how to cope with all the changes.

- Tom Garcia

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.