National Kinship Review Highlights of 2020
It is said that “sharing is caring,” and it is undeniable that 2020 has provided us an opportunity to sincerely think about how we share and care. While Zoom calls and car parties enabled us to share our thoughts and good wishes, at the end of the day, our collective humanity is what has sustained our kinship as families and communities.
The pandemic has opened our eyes to see where more sharing is needed. ASCI has shared resources, information, meals, learning assistance and other supportive services. We have mastered digital platforms in order to share our time with staff and families, continued our support groups virtually, offered online youth activities and nurtured community partnerships to keep the sharing going.
We have also seen the importance of sharing ourselves. As we share our own experiences, needs, triumphs, challenges and faith, we strengthen our bonds by recognizing what we have in common.
Like you, I have also missed sharing some things, like family milestones: first birthdays, weddings and even saying goodbye to those close to us. And I think each of us misses sharing in our respective communities’ togetherness, from church services to conversations in the supermarket.
Entering 2021, we at ASCI continue to share kinship, community and hope. We work passionately to continue ensuring the safety and well-being of the children and families we serve, as well as our own children and families.
Sharing is giving and receiving; it is thought and action; it is tangible and intangible. Sharing can achieve so much. Sharing has the power to make our world a better place.
I share, with gratitude, our year in review.
Dr. Sharon McDaniel