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.


Kin-Caring on the Outside

An informational group for kinship caregivers raising children due to incarcerated loved ones, presented by The Villages and Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry.

Are you raising children due to their parent(s) being incarcerated? Join others during a monthly information lunch and learn.

  • March 12, 2022– Ambiguous Loss
  • April 9, 2022 – Understanding Mental Health and Addictions
  • May 14, 2022 – Talking to the Children in Your Care About What’s Going On
  • June 11, 2022 – Self Care While Caring for Kin
  • July 9, 2022 – Preparing for Homecoming, Release, Repeat

11:30 am to 1:00 pm

3833 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Limited in person seats and virtual option available. Childcare is not provided for in-person attendees.

Registration is Required

To register call 317-526-2080 or email

Kin-Caring on the Outside flyer.