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Kinship Caregivers and the Child Welfare System
Series: Factsheets for Families|
Child Welfare Information Gateway |
|Year Published: 2010|
Dealing with the child welfare agency can be confusing and, sometimes, even frustrating for grandparents and other relatives who are trying to provide the best care they can for children whose parents cannot care for them. It may be helpful to keep in mind that child welfare caseworkers are following Federal and State requirements to ensure the safety and well-being of all children. Using the information in this factsheet may help kin caregivers work with the child welfare system to provide the best outcomes, including a permanent family, for their relative children.
For information on the child welfare system
- How the Child Welfare System Works (Child Welfare Information Gateway)
- A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System (National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health at American Institutes for Research, Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Child Welfare League of America, and the National Indian Child Welfare Association)
For information on kinship care
- State Factsheets on Kinship Care (Child Welfare League of America)
- Generations United
- Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren factsheet series (University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences)
- Through the Eyes of a Child—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren series (University of Wisconsin extension)
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Full Circle of Care)
There may be a new kinship navigator program in your area. With the passage of the Fostering Connections Act in 2008, the Federal Government funded 24 Family Connection Grants, administered by the Children's Bureau in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Six of these grants are for kinship navigator programs, and seven more are combination project grants that also include a kinship navigator program. To learn if there is a new kinship navigator program in your area, visit the Family Connections Grants webpage.
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