Kinship/Relative Care Organizations
Series: Related Organizations Lists
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway
Organizations that offer information on kinship care. If you are aware of any others, please contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at OrganizationUpdates@childwelfare.gov. Inclusion on this list is for information purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.
AARP Grandparent Information Center
601 E Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20049
Phone: (202) 434-2277
Toll-Free: (888) 687-2277
Fax: (202) 434-6474
The AARP GIC is a program of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The GIC is a primary resource for grandparents in traditional and non-traditional family roles, including grandparents raising grandchildren and step-grandparents. Among the topics addressed are grandparents traveling with grandchildren, the visitation rights of grandparents, parenting grandchildren, and grandparent support groups.
Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children
1133 Nineteenth Street, NW
American Public Human Services Association
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Phone: (202) 682-0100
Fax: (202) 289-6555
The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children is a uniform State law establishing a contract among party States to ensure that children placed across state lines receive adequate protection and services. The primary function of the ICPC is to protect the interests of both the children and the States by requiring that certain procedures be followed in the interstate placement of children who are being adopted, placed with relatives, or going into residential care or foster family homes.
Brookdale Foundation Group (The)
300 Frank W. Burr Blvd
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
Phone: (201) 836-4602
Fax: (201) 836-4382
A major initiative of the Brookdale Foundation is the Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP). It is designed to encourage and promote the creation or expansion of services for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting due to the absence of the parents.
RAPPs provide extensive direct services, primarily to relative caregivers caring for children outside the foster care system, in 44 States and the District of Columbia.
Casey Family Programs
1123 23rd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122-4821
Toll-Free: (800) 496-2230
Casey Family Programs works in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two territories and with more than a dozen tribal nations to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families, and the communities where they live. Founded in 1966, they learn from and collaborate with communities at local, state, tribal, and national levels to nurture the safety and success of children.
Center for Child and Family Programs
500 E. Washington St
University Center for the Child and Family
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Phone: (734) 764-9466
Fax: (734) 764-8128
The Center for Child and Family Programs (CCFP)has replaced the former National Foster Care Resource Center.
The goals of the CCFP are to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and families and to shape local, State, and national policies by working with public and private agencies to conduct research, demonstrate new models of service, develop training curricula and provide T/TA, conduct program evaluations, and develop policy recommendations.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
330 C Street, S.W
Washington, District of Columbia 20201
Toll-Free: (800) 394-3366
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and the general public to information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.
A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to programs, research, laws and policies, training resources, statistics, and much more.
Child Welfare League of America
727 15th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Phone: (202) 688-4200
Fax: (202) 833-1689
The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is the oldest national organization serving vulnerable children, youth, and their families. CWLA provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to child welfare professionals and agencies while also educating the public on emerging issues that affect abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Through its publications, conferences, and teleconferences, CWLA shares information on emerging trends, specific topics in child welfare practice (family foster care, kinship care, adoption, positive youth development), and Federal and State policies.
Children's Defense Fund
25 E Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Phone: (202) 628-8787
Phone: (800) 233-1200
The Children's Defense Fund focuses on key issues affecting the well-being of children by helping develop, implement, and monitor State and Federal policies. CDF gathers and disseminates data on children, promotes public education, provides technical assistance to State and local child advocates, and pursues an annual Federal legislative agenda.
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Stop 2201
Washington, District of Columbia 20250-2201
Phone: (202) 720-4423
Toll-Free: (800) 333-4636
The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. State and Territory has an office at its land-grant university and a network of local and/or regional offices. These offices are staffed with experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to consumers, citizens in rural communities, youth, and many others.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal partner in the Cooperative Extension System. It provides Federal funding to the system and, through program leadership, helps the system identify and address current issues and problems.
1200 Main Street
One Kansas City Place
Kansas City, Missouri 64105-2122
Phone: (402) 472-2821
Fax: (402) 472-0025
eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering researched knowledge from land-grant universities minds across America. eTension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers, experts who know their subject matter.
80 F Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Phone: (202) 289-3979
Fax: (202) 289-3952
Generations United is the only national membership organization focused solely on promoting intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies. It is a national organization that advocates for the mutual well-being of children, youth, and older adults. GU serves as a resource for educating policymakers and the public about the economic and social need for intergenerational cooperation. GU provides a forum for those working with children, youth, and the elderly to explore areas of common ground.
Grandfamilies.org serves as a national legal resource created to educate individuals about State laws and legislation in support of grandfamilies and to assist interested State legislators, advocates, caregivers, attorneys, and other policymakers in exploring policy options to support relatives and the children in their care both within and outside the child welfare system.
Grandfamilies.org is a collaboration between Casey Family Programs, the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law, and Generations United.
Grandparent Resource Sites
Western Michigan University
3210 Sangren Hall
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5200
Phone: (269) 387-1000
Fax: (269) 387-0606
The Grandparent Resource Site is provided through a grant and it is intended to provide a holistic system of services to grandparents, grandchildren and professionals with the goal of enhancing the abilities of kinship care families to foster school readiness in young children.
Grandparents Rights Organization
1760S Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302
Phone: (248) 646-7177
Fax: (248) 646-9722
The Grandparents Rights Organization is a national volunteer nonprofit organization founded in 1984 by executive director Richard S. Victor. GRO's purpose is to educate and support grandparents and grandchildren and to advocate their desire to continue the grandparent-grandchild relationship, which may be threatened by the death or divorce of the parents.
GrandsPlace - Grandparents and Special Others Raising Children
154 Cottage Road
Enfield, Connecticut 06082
Phone: (860) 763-5789
Fax: (860) 763-1568
GrandsPlace is a support and information organization (website only) comprising grandparents (and foster parents, aunts, uncles, and step-parents) who wish that their grandchildren lived in safer, healthier environments. The GrandsPlace website provides a forum in which caregivers can discuss their concerns and offer support.
National Council on Aging
251 18th Street South
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Phone: (571) 527-3900
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) provides comprehensive information to all seniors, including kinship caregivers unexpectedly raising a family for the second time around. The information is available through the Council's extensive library service that can be reached by calling their phone number. The Council also offers a variety of kinship care and intergenerational programs throughout the course of the year.
National Kinship Alliance for Children
PO Box 85
Ashland, Virginia 23005
TTY: (888) 659-3745
The National Kinship Alliance for Children, formerly the National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights, is a nationwide network of grandparents, community members, and professionals working together to provide education and support, advocacy, and thoughtful leadership for children, grandparents, and kinship families.
National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
Phone: (616) 771-9913
Tthe National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a collaborative initiative between Georgia State and Western Michigan Universities.
The Center seeks to inform professionals, decision makers, and the public on unique needs, challenges and strengths facing many custodial grandparent families. The Center will also promote best practices in the kinship care field by linking researchers and field-based professionals, with the ultimate goal of enhancing services for custodial grandparent families.
University of Illinois at Chicago
1040 W. Harrison Street
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7134
Phone: (312) 996-7096
Fax: (312) 996-2770
The mission of Jane Addams College of Social Work is to educate professional social workers, develop knowledge, and provide leadership in the development and implementation of policies and services on behalf of the poor, the oppressed, racial and ethnic minorities, and other at-risk urban populations.
Training Specific: For information on the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, see http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/college/programs/academic_msw.html