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Grandparents and other relatives raising children have unique needs. Because they are family to the child for whom they are caring, they may feel they don't need training in the traditional sense because they have already raised children. However, kinship caregivers can benefit from information on the child welfare system and the financial, legal, and other supportive services available to them. The following resources include training curricula and materials for kinship caregivers on topics such as legal and policy issues, changes in family dynamics, and navigating the child welfare system. Resources include State and local examples.
Foster Parent College: Training for Adoptive, Kinship and Foster Parents
Foster Parent College
Provides interactive courses for kinship, foster, and adoptive parents that examine topics of common concern, such as running away, sexualized behavior, sleep problems, fire-setting, and anger. This website provides information about fees, services, and previews of each course.
Building a Home With Heart: Couples Curriculum for Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Parents (Couples Book) (PDF - 2048 KB)
McKenzie, Judith, McKenzie, John, & Jackson (2011)
Contains objectives, activities, case studies, tools, graphics, and some brief notes to help individuals in four different content areas related to adoptive, foster, and kinship parents. Also see the Facilitator's Guide. (PDF - 3860 KB)
Developing Rural Relatives as Parents Programming: Promising Practices: A Collection of Practice Wisdom From Across Rural America (PDF - 7291 KB)
University of Maine Center on Aging & Brookdale Foundation Group (2010)
Provides an overview of rural grandfamilies and contains relevant practice information for serving and building relationships with rural grandfamilies.
The Kinship Care Practice Project
Jane Addams College of Social Work (2005)
Provides downloadable versions of a curriculum and video workshops designed to educate child welfare supervisors and practitioners about strategies for ensuring the safety and permanency of children in kinship care placements.
The PRIDE Program
Child Welfare League of America
Provides information about the Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) program, a model for developing and supporting foster and adoptive families.
Tools for Working With Kinship Caregivers (PDF - 92 KB)
References training materials and handbooks for working with kinship caregivers and describes tools to assess adult relatives as preferred caregivers.
Training for Kinship Caregivers (PDF - 34 KB)
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2009)
Compiles State policies and approaches on training and assessment for kinship caregivers.
Training Kin to Be Foster Parents: Best Practices from the Field (PDF - 130 KB)
Provides efforts to adapt foster parent training to the needs and circumstances of kinship caregivers, including Federal licensing requirements and State and county efforts to develop training for kinship caregivers.
State and local examples
Achieving Permanency for Children in Kinship Foster Care
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program (2006)
Enhances workers' understanding of the context of kinship care practice and discusses how to convene the kinship network, empower the family, and support a permanency plan for the family.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: What To Do the Second Time Around: A Self-Learning Resource From MSU Extension (PDF - 360 KB)
Montana State University Extension (2007)
Answers many of the common questions grandparents and other relative caregivers have when they are faced with parenting a second time.
Informal Kinship Care in Minnesota: A Pilot Study: Title IV-E Curriculum Module
Contains discussion questions, selected references, additional resources, suggested guest speakers, and a PowerPoint presentation.
Kinship Care Self-Study Course (PDF - 250 KB)
Provides a two-credit self-study course through the Alaska Office of Children's Services designed to help relative caregivers such as aunts, uncles, and grandparentsâ€”and kinship care providersâ€”understand the special aspects of this kind of out-of-home care.
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