Examples of Support Services for Kinship Families
Find examples and descriptions of support service programs that have been implemented to support kinship families.
Resources for caseworkers
Extending Home Visiting to Kinship Caregivers and Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers (PDF - 973 KB)
Hoffmann and Perrin (2009)
Presents findings from interviews CLASP conducted with representatives from national home visiting models to explore how home visiting can be responsive to the realities of children's daily lives when they spend significant time in the care of someone other than a parent.
Mentoring Kinship Caregivers -- An Interview With Tiffany Hesser
Children's Bureau Express, 9(1), 2008
Describes how the Children's Bureau grant has enabled her organization to provide training and mentoring to kinship caregivers and to hire them as liaisons to the Department of Family Services in Clark County, Nevada.
Practices: Keeping Kin Connected (PDF - 1300 KB)
Roundtable, 20(1), 2006
Describes two State programs providing services to support relative and kinship connections.
Replication of Family Connections: Lessons Learned From Grandparents (PDF - 1761 KB)
Sharpe, DePanfilis, Streider, & Gregory
Protecting Children, 24(2), 2009
Describes modifications made to the Family Connections program to address the needs of grandparent families. The article shares helpful interventions and program outcomes.
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.
Strengthening Grandfamilies Through Respite Care (PDF - 316 KB)
Family Strengthening Policy Center, National Human Services Assembly (2007)
Focuses on children who are in the care of a grandparent or other relative because a parent is unable to serve as the primary caregiver and uses the Generations United definition of "grandfamilies," which refers to families in which grandparents and other relatives have primary responsibility for caring for children who live with them.
Supporting Kinship Care: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned
Casey Family Programs
Provides resources for administrators and practitioners in the child welfare field who desire to learn about the successful strategies Breakthrough Series Collaborative teams developed to support kinship care.
State and local examples
Central Arizona Kinship Care Coalition
Supports, educates and empowers kinship care families with the purpose of promoting resilient, loving families.
Grand Families Count in Idaho (PDF - 2189 KB)
Shaklee, Bigbee, & Wall (2008)
Explores the legal, economic, and social issues faced by caregivers raising their relative children in Idaho, and discusses ways to support these families.
Division of Cooperative Extension, University of Wisconsin
Links grandparent caregivers in Wisconsin to local and national resources and related publications.
Kinship Care Resource Center
Provides a centralized location in Michigan where relative caregivers for children and professionals can receive assistance. The center provides support for the physical, emotional, cultural, and social well-being of kinship families in Michigan.
Kinship Care Resource Network: Catholic Family Center
Offers support groups; case management; legal advice and information; assistance with housing, health care, and public benefits; family activities; and more.
Kinship Connection Program
Provides support for family members in New York City who are parenting children who are not living with their parents as a result of the death of a parent, child abuse, neglect, abandonment, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, incarceration, or medical or mental problems.
Minnesota Kinship Caregivers Association
Advocates for, supports, and provides information and resources to people raising their grandchildren or children of other kin and friends.