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Kinship care refers to the raising of children by relatives, and is preferred when children must live with someone other than birth parents. Kinship care helps maintain family connections and culture. These connections are central to a child’s sense of safety, security, and well-being.  Here are some of the ways kinship care has been shown to be good for children in out of home care:

  • Fewer placement changes
  • More opportunity for siblings to stay together
  • When children reunite with their birth parents, they are less likely to re-enter care
  • Reduction in trauma
  • Increase in support from extended family
  • Fewer behavioral problems

Program Benefits: 
Financial assistance with costs associated with caring for youth; advocacy and support from Samish Social Services; Respite funds available. 
Services for caregivers of Samish children outside of Indian Child Welfare System.
Assistance with relocation costs, emergency funds, furniture, extra-curricular activities and other needs.

Kinship Navigators

  • Caritina Gonzalez

    Caritina Gonzalez

    Social Services Director

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  • Sarah Beach

    Sarah Beach

    ICW/Family Services Specialist

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  • Reina Roethe

    Reina Roethe

    Social Services Support Specialist

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  • Donna Furchert

    ICW/Family Services Specialist

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Organization and Chat

Group to get together and discuss organization tips and tricks and other life events.

Dates: 13 Jan, 2021

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One full hour led by a certified yoga instructor to get you up, moving, and connecting breath and body. Recommended for class: yoga mat or towel that won't slip, strap/neck tie/long sock, yoga block/stack of small books that won't fall over/small box that won't collapse.

Dates: 09 Apr, 2021

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Chelangen Live! - Drop Spindling

Drop Spindling

Dates: 21 – 21 Oct, 2021

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Samish Elders Virtual Bingo Fun!

Dates: 22 – 22 Oct, 2021

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2021 Harvest Fest!

Harvest Fest

Dates: 06 – 06 Nov, 2021

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Samish Elders Holiday Gathering

Dates: 03 – 03 Dec, 2021

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2021 Virtual Christmas Party!

Dates: 04 – 04 Dec, 2021

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Chelángen Live! - Shawl Class

Dates: 07 – 07 Dec, 2021

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Chelángen Live - Shawl Class

Dates: 09 – 09 Dec, 2021

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Chelángen Live Chat & Craft

Dates: 15 – 15 Dec, 2021

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