The ‘Helping Hands’ Conference for Kinship Caregivers


Recognizing the increasing occurrence of family members stepping in to raise the children of their relatives, the collective is offering a resource outlet to provide helpful information and solutions to resolve their growing concerns. This day is designed to connect the families to the appropriate agencies, ultimately solidifying a legislative plan that will enhance the quality of life for those who are affected by this growing epidemic of intergenerational families. Real problems, getting real solutions.


Conference Objective

Description: Advocacy, Resources, Legislation & Solutions


8:30-9:00 AM Registration /Sign In/ Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM Resource Pavilion Open
9:15-9:45 AM Welcome/Plenary Session
10:00-11:00 AM Workshops I (choice from 2)
11:15 AM-12:15 PM Workshop II (choice from 2)
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Legislative Roundtable
12:30 -1:15 PM Lunch w/Keynote Speaker
1:30-2:30 PM Panel Discussion
2:30-3:00 PM Conference Close: Awards, Recognitions,
Announcements, Prizes Raffle
3:00 PM Distribution of Stipends and Certificates


2 Tracks, with 4 workshops

  • Legal: “Custody and the Law”
    How-to and why to obtain legal custody
    Barry Kassel, SCCA; Jen Russell, SLC
  • Children/family: “The Family Dynamics of Kinship Care”
    Holistic view: care for self, children, birth parents
    Dr Joseph Crumbley; Andy DeVos, CBH
  • Finance: “Navigating Government Resources (Benefits)”
    Learn how to access benefits
    Rebecca Vallas, Atty from CLS
  • Advocacy: “How to Advocate for Yourself!” (communication skills)
    Include advocacy around housing issues
    AARP presenters: Ray Landis, David Kalinoski, and Stella Hyde

Legislative Roundtable: separate, running concurrently for legislators and selected heads of organizations (not open to general public/attendees)

Resource & Information Pavilion
Resource providers on hand to offer significant information for conference attendees