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Catholic Charities’ Kinship Support Project Helps Beautify Fulton

<p>Children in Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Kinship Support Project recently volunteered their time to plant flowers at the Fulton Community Development Agency East Office in Fulton.  The Kinship Support Project works with families in Oswego County who are raising their relative’s children and who are in need of additional support services.  Pictured above with children in the program is Chris Matteson of The Fulton CDA Weatherization Assistance Program.</p>
Children in Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Kinship Support Project recently volunteered their time to plant flowers at the Fulton Community Development Agency East Office in Fulton. The Kinship Support Project works with families in Oswego County who are raising their relative’s children and who are in need of additional support services. Pictured above with children in the program is Chris Matteson of The Fulton CDA Weatherization Assistance Program.

Fulton, NY – Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Kinship Support Project held a picnic recently for the families that are participating in the project. The event brought all of the workers and the families together and provided them with the opportunity to get to know each other on an informal basis. As part of the outing, families in the Kinship Support Project helped to beautify the city as they assisted in planting flowers at the Fulton Community Development Agency East Office in Fulton.

The Catholic Charities’ Kinship Support Project provides support to kinship caregivers; people who, through a variety of circumstances, have taken on the responsibility of raising their relative’s children. Workers in the program assist families in assessing their strengths and needs, setting goals through solution focused planning in an effort to support the family in becoming self-sufficient while providing permanency for the child.

The Kinship Support Project provides a wide array of support such as:

– Information and referral

– Advocacy

– Development of informal supports

– Training on topics of interest

– Development of child’s interests and abilities

“There is real need for families to know that they are not alone and that their family environment is not unique. The Kinship Support Project helps to fill this need by bringing families with similar situations together for monthly family events that provide fun activities and develops supportive social network for both the children and the adults. The families enjoyed the picnic and were happy to help beautify Fulton by assisting in the flower planting,” said Kinship Support Project Coordinator, Heather Bartlett.

The Kinship Support Project is funded through the NYS TANF Block Grant and services are available to eligible families who are receiving Child-Only TA Grantee Benefits. For more information on the Kinship Support Project you may contact Heather Bartlett, at 598-3980.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.