Impact of Kinship Care on Parents and Caregivers
Resources examine birth parents' experiences having their children placed in kinship care as well as the impact of caregiving on relatives raising kin. Resources include State and local examples.
Help to Keep Going as Long as They Need Me: A Report on Seniors Raising Children (PDF - 617 KB)
Center for Impact Research (2006)
Presents findings in demographics, needs of senior caregivers and their children, accessing resources, sources of strengths and support, and perspectives of senior caregivers from interviews with 182 senior caregiver service providers, advocates, and public policy personnel.
'I Made Some Mistakes … But I Love Them Dearly' The Views of Parents of Children in Informal Kinship Care
Gleeson & Seryak
Child and Family Social Work, 15(1), 2010
Findings from interviews with 30 parents of children living with relatives in informal kinship care arrangements identify the parents' views of the informal kinship care arrangements, suggesting several implications for social work practice and research.
Kinship Caregivers in the Child Welfare System (PDF - 268 KB)
National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being Research Brief, 15, 2010
Addresses three questions regarding the characteristics of kinship care to further explore how these families function and how kinship caregivers care for their children.
Parenting and the Home Environment Provided by Grandmothers of Children in the Child Welfare System
Dolan, Casanueva, Smith, & Bradley
Children and Youth Services Review, 31(7), 2009
Using a nationally representative sample of children reported for maltreatment to the child welfare system, the authors compared the parenting and home environments provided by grandmothers with those provided by nonkin foster caregivers.
Respite Care: Outcomes for Kinship and Non-Kinship Caregivers
Journal of Health and Social Policy, 22(3/4), 2007
Reports the outcomes associated with the use of formal respite care services among a sample of kinship, foster, and adoptive caregivers of special needs children involved in the child welfare system. Suggestions for improving and evaluating respite care outcomes are provided.
Understanding Birthparent Involvement in Kinship Families: Influencing Factors and the Importance of Placement Arrangement
Green & Goodman
Children and Youth Services Review, 32(10), 2010
Evaluates birthparent involvement within informal and formal kinship families. Results indicate that birthparents were twice as likely to be involved and maintain a closer relationships. Implications for professionals working to improve this relationship are discussed.
State and local examples
Inside the Research: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Long-Term Challenge
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (2009)
Reports on findings from Illinois that explore grandparents' well-being, their perceptions of the children's well-being and needs, and the degree to which they access services to solve problems.
Kinship Care in Rural Georgia Communities: Responding to Needs and Challenges of Grandparent Caregivers
King, Kropf, Perkins, Sessley, Burt, & Lepore
Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 7(2-3), 2009
Assesses the impact of the Georgia Kinship Care Program in rural communities. Data indicate that grandparents had concerns about their own and their grandchildren's health, faced many challenges related to childrearing, and experienced feelings of isolation and marginalization within the community.
The State of Grandfamilies in Louisiana 2009-2010 (PDF - 1925 KB)
Hirtzel Institute on Health Education and Aging (2010)
Discusses the incidence and demographic characteristics of grandparent caregivers in Louisiana, the savings realized by the State when grandparents care for their grandchildren, and the daily challenges the grandparents face.