When my family and I first got to Kinship Center, we were lost. We had just moved from Hollister to Castroville and our family expanded once we took our two granddaughters under our wings.

In our new environment we felt alone and struggled to adjust to numerous life-altering experiences. We dealt with three different obstacles: getting the kids to live together harmoniously, ensuring that their transition into a new school and neighborhood went smoothly, and dealing with the addiction and homelessness of my daughter. These factors were overwhelming for the entire household and the changes left us tense and apprehensive.

However, after being notified about Kinship Center through the Castroville Resource Center, things started to change for the better. Kinship Center provided us with immense support and training through classes that taught us how to understand the children better and how to help each other with the emotional trauma. It also helped normalize these sorts of situations where kids have to live apart from their parents, as my granddaughter was able to meet other children in similar predicaments and felt as though she wasn’t the only one.

We are thankful to say we are rebuilding our family and are continuously learning how to cope with these changes.

-The Elias Family

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