Kith and Kin
Friends, Family, Futures
Find your support system
We offer both Arizona and Nevada's most extensive support program for family (kin), friend, and neighbor (kith) child care, which is one of the country’s most common forms of caregiving. It usually includes relatives, friends, neighbors, and other adults caring for children in their home. Whatever role you play in the life of a child, our groups empower you to give kids the brightest start possible.
Receive resources, materials and information on topics like:
- Child Development
- Health & Safety
- Positive Guidance
- Behavior Challenges
- Language & Literacy
- Home Safety
SOFIA + ALEX*
At four years old, Alex was expelled from preschool. His parents turned to Sofia, a family friend, to provide care for Alex so they could keep working. One day, Sofia and Alex were at a community center. An Candelen team member, Anita, saw Sofia struggling with Alex’s behavior. Anita approached Sofia to help and informed her of the services Candelen provides. From positive behavior guidance to daily schedule planning and nutrition, Candelen could help Sofia set limits and create routines that support both her and Alex. Sofia was eager to sign up. She confided in Anita that her children were witnessing Alex’s outbursts and behavior, and had been on the receiving end of his physical aggression.
Over the next few weeks, Anita worked with Sofia to set limitations and guidelines for her household, starting with restricting Alex’s access to TV and electronic devices. Together, Anita and Sofia identified Alex’s need for an energetic outlet. They purchased a trampoline and it quickly became Alex’s favorite activity. By establishing routines and integrating positive reinforcement, Alex’s behavior began to improve, and he was able to go back to preschool.
Today, he’s a much better listener, follows directions, and cooperates with others. Anita and Sofia couldn’t be more proud of his progress and their accomplishments.
*Names have been changed for confidentiality.
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If you’re a caregiver who is looking for expert guidance, we encourage you to reach out and tell us about yourself. Once we know more about your circumstances, you’ll receive the assistance that best suits your needs.