We are pleased to announce The Berkeley Electric Trust recently awarded a $5,000 grant to HALOS. The grant will be used to help kinship caregivers learn how to parent effectively the vulnerable children in their care. HALOS provides proven parenting programs for kinship caregivers that help address the social, emotional and behavioral problems children face after leaving abusive homes.
Wendy Kulick, District 9 Representative of The Berkeley Electric Trust, stated, “We are proud to support these advocates of child welfare – the grandparents and other relatives who take children in when they can’t be with their parents. The sacrifices they make are greatly appreciated. It is critical for caregivers to have knowledge and skills to best support those children who have to cope with the trauma they’ve experienced.”
Kinship care occurs when grandparents or other relatives raise a child whose parents are unable to do so. Nineteen of every 20 children removed from their home are placed with a relative rather than in foster care. There are 74,000 children living in kinship care in South Carolina. HALOS is the only organization in the state providing comprehensive services specific to kinship families.