This section offers examples of State and local guides and handbooks for caseworkers as well as for grandparents and other relatives who are caring for children. The guides and handbooks provide information pertaining to financial assistance, legal assistance, health care, child care, finding support groups, and more.
Kinship Care Resources for Professionals
State Guides & Manuals Search
Provides lists of State resources for professionals on providing services to kinship families.
New Help for Children Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives: Questions and Answers About the Fostering and Connections Act of 2008 (PDF - 895 KB)
Generations United (2009)
Provides a guide intended for States, communities, and stakeholders to use as they implement improvements for children being raised by grandparents and other relatives in accordance with the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.
The Changing Roles of Caregivers: Grandparents (PDF - 206 KB)
Adoption Resources of Wisconsin (2010)
Offers strategies for grandparents who are coping with the challenges of raising grandchildren, among them dealing with unreliable parents, the grief and anger related to caregiving, financial responsibilities of providing care, and more.
Grandparents as Parents: A Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family
De Toledo & Brown (2013)
Presents a manual for grandparents raising their grandchildren. The book highlights various aspects of raising grandchildren; the legal issues related to raising grandchildren; the availability of government assistance and education; and how grandparents can locate support groups in their communities
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: What To Do the Second Time Around: A Self-Learning Resource From MSU Extension (PDF - 360 KB)
Montana State University Extension (2007)
Answers many common questions grandparents and other relative caregivers have when they are faced with parenting a second time.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Resources
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension: Family & Consumer Science
Provides a series of factsheets for grandparents who provide primary care for their grandchildren. Also available in Spanish.
Raising Relatives' Children (PDF - 523 KB)
Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent Association (2005)
Supplies information on a variety of aspects of care, including parenting and discipline, affordable child care, Internet safety, respite, and more.
Raising Your Relative's Kids: How to Find Help (PDF - 847 KB)
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Kinship Systems of Care Coordinating Council, Caring Communities Project (2009)
Provides information and resources to support kinship families in Clark County, NV. Chapters address self-care strategies for kinship caregivers; guardianship, adoption, and related legal issues; birth certificates and Social Security cards; medical insurance and care; school enrollment and attendance; dropout prevention; education beyond high school; and more.
When a Child Needs a Home: A Handbook for Relatives and Friends (PDF - 56 KB)
Washington County Department of Social Services (2009)
Answers questions about providing foster care, foster parent eligibility, visitation, adoption, types of care, financial help and services, and caseworker services to relatives and friends of children who need care outside their homes in Washington County, NY.