GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – The second annual caregiver appreciation event aims to give caregivers of children raised in placements away from families the resources they need most.
LaQuita Brown, coordinator of the Catholic Charities Kinship Navigator program, says their organization provides information and resources caregivers may need to keep children out of foster care and with parents. They also aim to help keep children and caregivers out of economic and financial hardship.
“This is our opportunity as a Kinship organization to give back to our community, to give back to our caregivers,” Brown said. “We realize that it takes a lot to do what they do, and we realize that some children haven’t had a great summer in the eyes of some caregivers, so this opportunity is given to them to get out to eat, have fun , and games, get clothes, get school supplies and non-perishable food.
The event takes place Friday from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Orange Grove Community Center.
To participate in the program, the criterion is to be the sole caregiver of a child until the age of 18. If you think you qualify, you can call the Catholic Charities Kinship Navigator Program at 769-218-8436 for an initial assessment. .
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