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.
The GrandKin Guide: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Relatives Raising Children (PDF - 544 KB)
National Kinship Alliance for Children (2013)
Explains what extended families can expect when asked to care for children by defining kinship care and different types of kinship care, explaining the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and discussing choices relatives have when asked by child welfare agencies to care for their related child.
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 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.
The Kinship Parenting Toolbox: A Unique Guidebook for the Kinship Care Parenting Journey
Raising Relatives' Children (PDF - 1,355 KB)
Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent Association (2013)
Presents a booklet designed to help kinship caretakers, including grandparents, aunts and uncles, and others who "take in" children they care about, to work effectively with Iowa Department of Human Services and juvenile court.
Raising Your Relative's Kids: How to Find Help (PDF - 2,085 KB)
Kim, Petermeier, & Norman (2013)
University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension
Offers a listing of local resources where kinship caregivers in Nevada can find information and help for legal issues, financial assistance, medical care, education, transportation, and much 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.
When Parents Get Their Children Back
De Toledo & Brown (2nd ed.) (2013)
In Grandparents as Parents: A Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family
Discusses coping mechanisms caregiving grandparents can use to help them adjust when children are returned to their parents. Case examples of successful and unsuccessful reunification are also provided.