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posted on July 08, 2013 10:33
NEWS RELEASE—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Date: July 8, 2013  

Contact: Norma Barrientos for the
Idaho KinCare Project
VISTA Volunteer
(208) 442-9977

Art Contest Celebrates KinCare Families
Idaho KinCare Family Day is July 19th

This spring Idaho children living in KinCare with grandparents and other extended family members were invited to explore the meaning of family through poems, essays and drawings in the third annual My Family. My Story. art contest. On Friday, July 19th, the children’s art work will be celebrated across the state during Idaho KinCare Family Day — proclaimed by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.

State Controller Brandon D Woolf will officially present the Idaho KinCare Family Day proclamation at 9:30 a.m. July 19 in the governor's office.  Two art contest winners from each of the three age groups also will be announced at this time. A cake and ice cream reception will follow at Capitol Park in Downtown Boise. KinCare families and the public are invited to attend the presentation and reception.

In Idaho, more than 28,000 children live in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. Across the state extended family members preserve the meaning and function of family for thousands of children who might otherwise be in foster care. The My Family. My Story. art contest is intended to recognize and celebrate the contributions of these relative caregivers.

The 211/Navigation Idaho VISTA KinCare Project and community partners sponsored the contest exclusively for children living in KinCare families. Children from across the state sent in their poems, short essays, and drawings that described how living with someone other than their parents makes a positive difference in their lives. (To view the 2013 booklet of entries, please click here.) 

For more information about the My Family. My Story. art contest, please contact VISTA volunteer Norma Barrientos at 208-442-9977 or For more information about KinCare, please call the Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1. For a listing of KinCare family celebrations on July 19th, please contact your local KinCare Project Team member:

  • Region 1: Coeur d’Alene and Panhandle—Glenda Weaver (208) 769-7096
  • Region 2: Lewiston and Central Idaho—Duane Shears (208) 799-4385
  • Regions 3 & 4: Southwest Idaho—Norma Barrientos (208) 442-9977
  • Region 5: Twin Falls and South-Central Idaho—Cathye Sexton (208) 732-1461
  • Regions 6 & 7: Eastern Idaho—Patricia Boman (208) 235-2809

You’re doing good!
Tyranng, age 11 

Thank you to this year’s sponsors:

  • 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine
  • Casey Family Programs
  • Knights of Columbus
  • D.L. Evans Bank
  • Kootenai County KinCare Committee
  • Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families
  • Potlatch Federal Credit Union