Kinship Care Help Line Province Wide Service
Kinship Care Help Line (Formerly known as the: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren & Kinship Care Support Line)
Extended Family Caring For Children
The Kinship Care Help Line provides support, advocacy and resource information to grandparents and other relatives raising a family member’s child as well as to service providers and allies.
The support line serves callers from across the province and is staffed by two part-time advocates trained in advocacy, social work, family law, and government services related to child welfare and kinship caregiving.
Our services to kinship caregivers are confidential and ongoing. Call the Kinship Care Help Line for help to:
- Navigate complex service systems such as the Ministry of Children and Family Development
- Overcome information barriers; to find the answers, assistance, and resources needed to prevent or solve problems
- Identify benefits and services that will support the whole family.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am to 2pm
Support line advocates can provide fulsome legal information but cannot provide legal advice.
Drop-in Indigenous Child Welfare Circle
The Kinship Care Help Line advocates hold space for a cross-Nation circle discussion on child welfare matters on the last Wednesday of each month.
This is an opportunity for Indigenous community leaders engaged in the child welfare to learn, inspire and support one another.
Scroll down for more information on our Kinship Care Help Line advocates.
Christina Campbell (she/her)
Advocate Social Worker
Christina is a UBC graduate with a Masters Degree in Social Work and over 25-years of community development experience. She joined Parent Support Services Society in 2011 to focus on child welfare. She works on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqeam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She has significant expertise in child protection policy, family law and kinship care. Christina is also the busy parent of two school-aged children.
Cassandra Strain (she/her)
Advocate Social Worker
Cassandra is a Metis woman with roots in the Lac La Biche area of Northern Alberta, and has ancestors who came from the Red River Valley. Currently she resides on the traditional and unceded territory of the Tk’emlups te Sewepemc People. She has also been a kinship care provider for her three nieces for a total of 14 years. Cassandra has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree which she completed at NVIT in Merritt, BC.
Cassandra begun as a volunteer with Parent Support Services Society of BC in 2018 where she co-facilitated a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle in Kamloops. Cassandra is now the Program Coordinator for the Interior Region and part time Advocate Social Worker.
“Being a kinship care provider has been rewarding, yet it has its very unique struggles. Not only are you parenting a child who likely has some trauma or special needs, but you have to navigate very big systems at the same time. It can be overwhelming and isolating. Finding the right supports and learning to be a strong advocate for myself and my nieces has helped me on this journey.”
What is Advocacy?
At Parent Support Services Society we work to give parents, grandparents, and other kinship caregivers the tools they need in order to advocate for themselves. We do this through our Support Circles and our Kinship Care Help Line. This is individual advocacy.
PSS also participates in systemic advocacy. We are part of larger coalitions such as the First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Society We also sometimes share the concerns we hear from our families – such as the Barriers to Kinship Care, Family Poverty, and Rights of all children to attend school. We also work with kinship care families as they raise the challenges they face in providing their children with the supports they need.
Advocacy for Indigenous Kinship Care
All Our Relations: Equality for Relatives Raising Relatives
List of advocates