Family Connection Network

Kinship/relative care is the full-time care, nurturing and protection of children by relative, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child including a friend, teacher, or acquaintance. Since its inception in 2002, The Villages Family Connection Network, a voluntary program, has collaborated with several community partners to provide supportive services to kinship families. The program is currently available to those who reside in Marion and surrounding counties.

Our vision is for every kinship family and child to maintain a strong sense of identity and pride in culture, heritage, and family connection. The Villages Family Connection Network strives to empower kinship families, not actively involved with the Department of Child Services, to achieve a stable, positive family experience that will best allow children to reach their full potential.

The program has been supported by the generosity and vested confidence of The Casey Family Foundation, the J. E. Fehsenfeld Family Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, CICOA and other generous donors. The result is a solid foundation providing essential resources kinship families need to sustain healthy, nurturing, and stimulating environments in which even the most vulnerable children can thrive.

Services include:

  • Case Management
  • Respite activities
  • Support groups
  • Youth scholarships
  • Community links to service providers
  • Skill-building workshops
  • Local and national training
  • Annual kinship retreat

Sign up for one of our upcoming Information Sessions to learn more.