The Kinship Support Services Program helps strengthen
families of individuals who are raising children of
their extended family by providing them with information,
community resources, education, and other services related
to their needs. Through kinship placements, families are
maintained, traditions upheld, children move less and
experience fewer behavioral, educational and/or health problems.
San Bernardino County’s Kinship Support Services Program
is a collaborative between the Department of Children and
Family Services (CFS) and not-for-profit organizations serving
the central, West End and High Desert regions of the County.
The program provides a variety of support support services
to kinship families, ranging from great-grandmothers raising
their great-grandchildren, to older siblings raising their
brothers and sisters. Services are designed to combat the
isolation, stress, and needs kinship families encounter in
their day-to-day lives, and include support groups, parenting
classes, informational workshops, caregiver respite, children’s
activities, and family recreation. Additional services are
developed in response to caregiver and kin-child needs.
The Kinship Support Services Program is funded by a
combination of State, Federal and foundation grants.
The Kinship Advisory Council, established in 2001,
meets monthly to helps direct local kinship policy
and procedures. Council membership includes community
stakeholders, relative caregivers and representatives
from local government and community-based agencies.
1. Westside Kinship Support Services
(on the grounds of Westside Christian Center)
785 N. Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92401
2. Helping Hands Kinship Support Services
511 North Laurel Avenue
Ontario, CA 91762
3. Helping Hands Kinship Support Services
16519 Victor Street, Suite 203
Victorville, CA 92395