Treatment for Kinship Families
The following resources discuss treatment and counseling options to improve relationships among family members affected by kinship care, to support kinship caregivers, and to enhance the development of children and youth in kinship care.
Challenging Children in Kin Versus Nonkin Foster Care: Perceived Costs and Benefits to Caregivers (PDF - 119 KB)
Timmer, Sedlar, & Urquiza
Child Maltreatment, 9(3), 2004
Examines kin and nonkin foster caregivers' perceptions of their children, their relationships with them, and their own functioning after completion of courses in parent-child interaction therapy.
Counseling Grandparents Parenting Their Children's Children: Case Studies
Maiden & Zuckerman (2008)
In Parenting the Custodial Grandchild: Implications for Clinical Practice
Provides guidelines on how to counsel multigenerational families by examining specific case histories that illustrate how mental health specialists can work with multigenerational families in achieving effective solutions and symptom relief.
The Effectiveness of Kinship Services With Children Exposed to Partner Violence: Exploring a Dual Victim Treatment Approach
Raghunandan & Leschied
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 91(1), 2010
Presents kinship services as a dual victim treatment approach when serving children and their mothers in child welfare cases characterized by partner violence.
The Impact of a Psychosocial Intervention on Parental Efficacy, Grandchild Relationship Quality, and Well-Being Among Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
In Working with Custodial Grandparents
Investigates the impact of a treatment program that emphasizes parental skills training and psychosocial adjustment, custodial grandparent parental efficacy, grandchild relationship quality, and grandparent well-being.
Meeting Children's Mental and Physical Health Needs in Child Welfare: The Importance of Caregivers
Schneiderman & Villagrana
Social Work in Health Care, 49(2), 2010
Explores the barriers to meeting the health needs of children in the child welfare system and how different types of caregivers use mental and pediatric health services. Child welfare caseworkers need to increase their communication with caregivers, assess adherence to health-care recommendations, and help alleviate barriers to care.
Parenting the Custodial Grandchild: Implications for Clinical Practice
Hayslip & Kaminski (2008)
Helps family counselors, mental health practitioners, social service providers, and other professionals who support grandparents raising grandchildren. The book focuses on interactions between the child and caregiver as well as larger family relationships.
Trauma, Attachment, and Family Therapy With Grandfamilies: A Model for Treatment
Strong, Bean, & Feinauer
Children and Youth Services Review, 32(1), 2010
Presents a treatment model that integrates trauma, attachment, and family systems theories and proposes that healing is facilitated through the emerging attachment between the grandparent and grandchild.