Broward Health Community Health Services
Grandfather hugging his granson
Kinship Cares Initiative

Kinship Cares Initiative

Providing healthcare Services & Resources for Non-Traditional Families

The Initiative

A partnership between social service agencies, Legal Aid and Broward Health that employs nurses as healthcare navigators to assure that the healthcare needs of both children and their kinship caregivers are addressed. Partners who also assist kinship families include consumers, Broward County Health Department-KidCare, ChildNet, Children’s Services Council of Broward County, HANDY Inc., Kids in Distress, Legal Aid of Broward County, School Board of Broward County, The Pantry of Broward, Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, the United Way of Broward County, the Department of Children and Families, Friends of Children, Mental Health Association of Broward, and the Florida Kinship Center.

For more information, call 954-355-5931 or 954-767-5566 or email us at pharris@browardhealth.org or m2edwards@browardhealth.org

What is Kinship Cares?

The Kinship Cares Initiative (KCI) was created to improve the health – and healthcare – of kinship families. The program is operated by Broward Health, one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems.

Kinship Care is defined as any living arrangement that involves the care of a child(ren) by the following: an individual who is related to the child by blood/marriage, through the third degree, or through close family relationships that are acknowledged by the birth or adoptive parents.

Who is eligible?

Families that are living in kinship settings such as grandparents, an uncle or an aunt, a non-relative, or an adult sibling caring for children who are 0-18 years of age are eligible for enrollment in the program.

How will the program help?

The Kinship Cares Initiative (KCI) will promote and provide access to critical health services for children and their kinship caregivers. With the assistance of a medical case manager, the KCI will assist families with:

  • Establishing a medical home
  • Acquiring health insurance
  • Receiving wellness exams
  • Children’s immunizations

What will the Medical Case Manager do for the Kinship Family?

Provide a one-on-one personal health assessments for each family member

  • Help the family develop an individualized plan of care with health improvement goals
  • Teach the importance of taking medications
  • Provide nutritional education
  • Provide education to assist the family with understanding their medical needs
  • Assist with scheduling medical appointments
  • Empower the family to take control of their medical health through a primary care provider
  • Assist caregivers with understanding chronic healthcare conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes
  • Obtain medical attention for the children in their care
  • Provide assistance with navigating the healthcare system

What additional services does the Kinship Cares Initiative offer?

Families will be linked to social service programs/agencies to meet their non-medical needs, such as:

  • Legal aid
  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Parental guidance
  • Educational support
  • Mental health
  • Respite care
  • Other services

Related Links

Back to the Top

Grandfather hugging his granson