HALOS, the tri-county’s only nonprofit dedicated to grandparents, other relatives, and family friends who are raising children to keep them out of foster care with strangers, is still serving kinship families virtually throughout COVID-19.
“During these difficult times, HALOS is fully staffed and equipped to assist kinship families with financial challenges, the emotional impact of isolation, and the added stress of working and schooling from home,” HALOS Executive Director Kim Clifton said. “No one should feel like they are alone so we want to ensure you that anyone in this situation who needs extra support can reach out directly to our office at 843-990-9570 ext. 3.”
As Mother’s Day is approaching this weekend, HALOS is reminded of all the kinship families that are parenting for a second time, or the first time, in order to keep children out of foster care and in an environment where they can flourish with close relatives or friends.
Now, more than ever, kinship families need your help. Many of kinship families are lower income and can face food insecurity. If you are interested in donating to or advocating for HALOS, visit the website at www.charlestonhalos.org
HALOS is the only nonprofit solely focused on the unique needs of kinship families in South Carolina. With 19 out of 20 children likely to be placed with a family member, as opposed to foster care, the grandparents and relatives taking care of kids often get left behind. HALOS is here to serve kinship families and ensure that they have the tools necessary to parent these children and offer them the support they need to succeed. To learn more, visit www.charlestonhalos.org.