Needs and Challenges in Kinship Care
The following resources identify the needs of kinship caregivers and the children in their care, as well as the challenges caregivers may face when caring for children of relatives. Resources include State and local examples.
Kinship Adoption: Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population (PDF - 524 KB)
ChildFocus & North American Council on Adoptable Children (2010)
Draws attention to the unique needs of children who are adopted by their relatives, examines how kinship adoption differs from other types of adoptions, and explores policies and practices agencies can consider to achieve successful kinship adoptions.
Needs and Issues of Latino and Native American Nonparental Relative Caregivers: Strengths and Challenges Within a Cultural Context
Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 37(3), 2009
Presents the results of in depth interviews with Latino and Native American relative caregivers to examine children's needs, caregiving issues, and the caregiver's impact on children.
Preschool Children and Caregiving Grandparents: Enhancing Family Strengths
Smith & Dannison (2008)
In Parenting the Custodial Grandchild: Implications For Clinical Practice
Explores the challenges faced by grandparents raising their preschool-aged grandchildren, their service needs, and difficulties faced by custodial grandchildren.
Responsibility Without Community Resources: Informal Kinship Care Among Low-Income, African American Grandmother Caregivers
Simpson & Lawrence-Webb
Journal of Black Studies, 39(6), 2009
Examines how grandmothers perceive the availability and accessibility of community resources to meet their caregiving needs. The study focuses on traditional helping resources, human service agencies, and other options and alternatives.
Respite Services to Support Grandfamilies (PDF - 235 KB)
ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center (2010)
Considers the unique challenges facing grandfamilies who have become the primary caregivers for relative children and offers suggestions for support, funding opportunities, and examples of respite programs that provide appropriate services.
State and local examples
Inside the Research: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Long-Term Challenge
Chapin Hall (2009)
Reports on the findings of a study of grandparents raising grandchildren in Illinois to explore their well-being, their perceptions of the children's well-being and needs, and the degree to which both groups access services to ease their problems.
Kinship Care in New York: A Five-Year Framework for Action (PDF - 7066 KB)
New York State Kincare Coalition (2008)
Identifies critical needs of kinship care providers and the children they care for and presents 19 recommendations to support the strengths of kinship families.
Removing Barriers to Successful Kin Caregiving (PDF - 432 KB)
New York City Kincare Task Force (2009)
Identifies the types of services relative caregivers sought in New York City and recommends actions to improve public agency staff awareness of the needs of kinship caregivers and the children in their care.
Resource and Service Needs of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Mixed Methods Survey Study (PDF - 835 KB)
Rudder, Whalen, Agyemang, & Lyskawa
Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, 13(3), 2010
Summarizes the needs of grandparent kinship caregivers in Michigan, the services they use, and how to improve those services.
The State of Grandfamilies in Louisiana 2009-2010 (PDF - 1972 KB)
Hirtzel Institute on Health Education and Aging (2010)
Discusses the incidence and demographic characteristics of grandparent caregivers in Louisiana, the savings provided to the State when grandparents care for their grandchildren, and the challenges caregiving grandparents face in their day-to-day care of grandchildren.