The following are a collection of national kinship caregiver resources. Have another one? Something outdated? Let us know!
- The GrandKin Guide: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Relative’s Raising Children. Published by the National Kinship Alliance for Children.
- Kinship Caregivers and the Child Welfare System published by the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
- Kinship Guardianship Guide published by the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
- AARP Grandfamilies Guide: If you are just starting to care for a grandchild, these are the basic things you need to know.
- State Grandfacts: Links to local resources in your area.
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: US .gov site- If you take care of grandchildren, find grandparent programs in your state and get information about benefits, assistance, and more.
- http://www.raisingyourgrandchildren.com: For grandparents raising grandchildren and relatives parenting children- realizing you are not alone.
- GrandsPlace: For grandparents and special others raising children. Now a closed Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/113015312049005/
- Grandparents Resource Center: Grandparents Resource Center (GRC), a nonprofit organization that assists grandparents who are seeking custody, visitation, or adoption of their grandchildren.
- Grandfamilies.org: The Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center serves as a national legal resource in support of grandfamilies both within and outside the child welfare system.
- Generations United: Grandfamilies Resources- Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies works to enact policies and promote programs to help grandfamilies address challenges. Despite facing many barriers, research shows that the children in grandfamilies thrive. Caregivers also experience benefits like an increased sense of purpose in life.
- Relative Adoption information from adoption.com
- Legal Options for Relative Caregivers
For new kinship foster caregivers, we recommend:
- The Kinship Caregiver’s Toolbox by EMK Press, Edited by Kim Hansel.
Especially for grandparents who are raising their children’s kids (but any relative will find the topics useful), the following books are recommended:
- Raising Our Children’s Children by Deborah Doucette-Dudman.
- Raising Your Children’s Children: Help for Grandparents Raising Grandkids by Martha Evans Sparks.
- Grandparents as Parents: A Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family by Sylvie de Toledo and Deborah Edler Brown.
- The Sacred Work of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren by Elaine K. Williams.
- Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care by Mitchell Rosenwald and Beth Riley.
The following collections are more academic in nature:
- Kinship Care by Ramona Denby, PhD
- Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care edited by Joseph Crumbley and Robert Little.
- Kinship Foster Care: Policy Practice and Research edited by Rebecca L Hegar and Maria Scannapieco.
Blogs by relatives raising children
Online Support Groups
- GrandsPlace: For grandparents and special others raising children (closed Facebook group)
- Kinship Parenting Group (closed Facebook group)
- Relative Adoption Forum
- Kinship Caregiver Support Group Discussion Boards