Family Connections

Are You Raising Kin Children?

The Family Connections program works with extended family caregivers of children in Milwaukee County. The goal of the program is to prevent child abuse, neglect, and placement in foster care when safe and appropriate. Supportive services are provided to enhance the resources, skills, and coping strategies of the caregivers, their social supports and access to resources within their community.

When family members step in to help care for children, either temporary or long-term, they often have questions and need information.

“I can’t get her on my medical insurance, now what?”
“Some people are telling me to adopt, others are saying guardianship is okay.”
“Do I qualify for financial assistance or daycare benefits?”
“The school won’t let me change his bus route because I am not a parent or guardian.”
“My landlord needs documentation that he is in my custody.”
“My grandson needs a medical procedure but they won’t see him without parental consent.”

We Work With You to Develop Solutions Regarding

  • Access to benefits
  • School challenges
  • Behavioral problems
  • Child care
  • Kinship Care benefits
  • Medical insurance
  • Health care
  • Guardianship

We Will

  • Work with you and with other people in your family and community who are important to you.
  • Work with you to identify and build on your family’s strengths to help you meet your needs.
  • Meet with you in your home, your child’s school, or anywhere in the community.
  • Collaborate with other service providers.

Our program does not replace formal child welfare services . Rather, we support and supplement those services by working in collaboration with the child welfare agencies when appropriate.

The Family Connections Program works in partnership with Brighter Futures Milwaukee.