The following resources provide information on supporting and meeting the needs of kinship caregivers as they navigate the caregiving process and/or plan for adoption. The resources include State and local examples.
Grandparents Raising Children Support Group
Daily Strength (2017)
Provides access to a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren or other family members. Kinship caregivers can find support, share their experiences, and get advice from other members.
Kinship Caregiver Support Programs
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2017)
Lists evidence-based programs that support the needs of kinship caregivers. The programs have been reviewed by the clearinghouse and rated using a scientific rating scale. They include services such as placement stabilization, caregiver support, and postpermanency services.
Kinship/Relative Adoption Support
Lists kinship/relative adoption-related forums where kinship caregivers can discuss issues and receive support from other kinship families who have similar experiences.
National Family Caregiver Support Program: Summary and Analysis
Explains the National Family Caregiver Support Program and lists provisions of the law and how it provides services to caregivers in the areas of information, assistance, counseling, support groups, trainings, respite care, and more.
Support Matters: Lessons From the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families(PDF - 2,222 KB)
Reviews the importance of family support services in adoption, foster care, and kinship care and provides information on support services in these areas.
Supporting Relative Caregivers of Children
National Conference of State Legislatures (2017)
Explores support for relative caregivers of children in the areas of medical consent and school enrollment, relative notification, and subsidized guardianship. The resource also lists State legislative enactments from 2012 to 2016 supporting relatives, kinship care providers, and grandparents.
Using Kinship Navigators to Assess the Needs of Kinship Caregivers (PDF - 232 KB)
GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice, and Policy, 2(1)
Describes a kinship navigator program for kin caregivers involved in the child welfare system and explains supports that kinship caregivers need to be successful.
Increasing Support for Kinship Families in Kentucky (PDF - 637 KB)
Blueprint for Kentucky's Children (2013)
Outlines the need for additional support services for kinship families in Kentucky to address the needs of kinship families and to help prevent more children from being placed in nonrelative foster care.
Public Children Services Association of Ohio (2015)
Describes resources for kinship caregivers in Ohio and includes a section on support for kinship families that lists additional support resources.
Describes a nonprofit agency in California dedicated to the creation, preservation, and support of foster, adoptive, and relative families. The website includes information on kinship adoption services, events, and online classes.
Kinship Support Services
Olive Crest (2015)
Lists support services available to kinship caregivers in the Orange County, CA, area including support groups and workshops, case management services, and mentors.