As the opioid crisis accelerated these cases, Haile Foundation Vice President Christine Bochenek encouraged Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati to create a program to serve the unmet needs of these children and their caregivers. Assistance League’s Kinship Foster Care Program was established in 2017 and has provided diapers, socks, wipes and undergarments for 2,128 children.
The items are distributed through Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Burnet and Liberty Township locations, where children are evaluated before they’re placed in foster or kinship care. In 2019, the organization partnered with Jack’s Closet in Anderson to provide these items as a supplement to gently used clothing offered to foster and kinship families.
“While the pandemic slowed distribution for a short time, our program has remained active and committed to serving local children and their caregivers,” said Leann Kuchenbuch, volunteer and vice president of hospital services for Assistance League.
The supplies alleviate a small burden for caregivers, who often accept parental duties with little time to prepare.
The program is the work of sixteen volunteers who procure, inventory, pack and deliver items to the three locations.
“I spend my time working on this program because when I go home, I know in my heart of hearts that I’m doing something good for people in need,” said Kuchenbuch.
Primary funding for the program is provided by the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr., Foundation and Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation. The program is also aided by individual contributions, which can be made by using this link.
People interested in becoming an Assistance League volunteer can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1998, Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati has served the unmet needs of 64,500 individual women and children in their time of need. The all-volunteer organization has earned the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency for eight consecutive years and works closely with greater Cincinnati public and parochial schools, colleges, hospitals and women’s shelters to fulfill the mission of Transforming Lives through Community Programs.