This book explores the relational problems experienced by some
women reared in the system of “kinship care.” This book outlines the history of
the Black family, attachment-related issues, familial struggles, future hopes for
the kinship care system, offers support to others from similar situations, and
a personal look into my life as I wrestled with my “beingness.” The origins of “kinship
care” in the African-American community date back to enslavement. To preserve the Black family, relatives and
family friends willingly stepped into the role of parenting abandoned children.
aims to shed light on the phenomenon known as “kinship care” and how attachment
issues can develop if proper attention is not paid to the unresolved trauma of
the child. This book provides a glimpse into the Black Family written from the
lens of culture, faith, and healing as a resource to navigate the dimensions of
surviving the “kinship care” system for those of any culture.