Kinship Connections
of Wyoming Blog

Welcome and thank you for joining Kinship Connections of Wyoming!

Kinship Connections of Wyoming is a free program that was implemented to meet the growing needs of grandparents, relatives and other caregivers who are raising children who are not their own. The program was initiated by Wyoming 2-1-1 in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Family Services and the Wyoming Citizen Review Panel. Kinship Connections officially began serving kinship caregivers in December 2019 and since that time the program's Kinship Navigators have had the opportunity to work with over twenty families.

The Kinship Connections of Wyoming blog and newsletter are intended to be here for kinship caregivers and collaborating community resources. We will provide up to date and relevant information regarding upcoming events, important topics, resources, and support. Today and always we welcome your feedback regarding our program or the content we share with you.

We see each of you, we appreciate all you do, and we are a part of your team. We look forward to growing together and serving you in new ways.

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If you would like to learn more about Kinship Connections of Wyoming, you can look through our website or you can reach us by simply dialing 2-1-1 and ask for Kinship Connections. Furthermore, if you know of a family who could benefit from our program you can direct them to simply dial 2-1-1 or you can complete our online referral form

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What is Kinship?

February 29, 2024

The word kinship in its simplicity means to be "alike" or "familiar". When a child goes through trauma of any sort,...

The Grief Experienced by Kinship Children

January 25, 2024

Children who have experienced a removal from their biological parents whether that be for reasons known or unknown, experience a level...

Thankful Thankful Thankful

November 20, 2023

In true Thanksgiving fashion, we wanted to take some time to talk about thankfulness. While sometimes being thankful seems so easy,...

Ways to teach your Kin Kiddo to decompress and cope.

October 20, 2023

As the fall brings change to the trees and the air it also comes with many other life changes as well. School is back in session at full swing. Many of us are filled with appointments, activities, and extracurriculars. This can be overwhelming for adults and caregivers but also for the little ones in our life.  We at Kinship Connections thought our caregivers could use some fun coping tools created for kids. 
Here are some examples of ways to teach kiddos to both decompress and cope when they feel overwhelmed. 
1. Deep Breathing- Make it fun. Smell the roses, soak in the scent. Blow out all the birthday candles. 
2. Count to 10- Give your kid something to visualize something that makes them calm and have them count 10 of them slowly. For example, a child is obsessed with Pokemon. Lets count all ten of our pokemon cards and pretend you have cards. 
3. Exercise or movement breaks- Sometimes you can see overstimulation and overwhelm all over a kids body. Have them start taking movement breaks. Set a timer for 1 minute and have them get all of their wiggles out, etc. 
4. Do something with your hands- Art, Drawing, Crocheting, Building Blocks, and so many more activities with their hands will help them decompress and get out some of that energy. 

If you have any questions or need ideas on how to help teach your kinship children coping mechanisms, a kinship navigator would love to connect with you. Dial 2-1-1.