The Kinship Care program provides community based support services to relative caregivers so that children can remain with their extended families and avoid placement in the foster care system.
Kinship services are free and available countywide, through centers in Pittsburg, Concord, and Richmond. Services include respite care, therapeutic support groups, educational forums, tutoring for children, case management, recreational activities for caregivers and youth, limited emergency assistance, and legal services.
More than 500 families participate in the Contra Costa County Kinship Care program each year. These families consist of relative caregivers who provide full time care for children in the County. Children do not have to be involved with the Children & Family Services Department for families to get services. All services are provided by community based nonprofit organizations.
For more information about accessing services call
Antoinette Harris at Uplift Family Services, (925) 602-1750; for information about program development email Cheryl Leonor at the Employment & Human Services Department at [email protected], phone number (925) 608-4943.