Members of Tribal communities have elders and extended family including aunts, uncles, and multiple grandparents to help support and guide their young children and families. Find resources on kinship care related to working with American Indian/Alaska Native children and families.
Assessing Adult Relatives as Preferred Caregivers in Permanency Planning: A Competency-Based Curriculum (PDF - 312 KB)
National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning (2002)
Describes the educational and administrative support social workers need to identify and assess relatives to consider as first placement resources for children.
In Consideration of the Needs of Our Most Loving of Caregivers: Grandparenting Experiences in Manitoba First Nation Communities (PDF - 932 KB)
Eni, Harvey, & Phillips-Beck
First Peoples Child & Family Review, 4(2), 2009
Presents results from a study examining grandparenting relationships and the cultural roles grandmothers play in First Nations communities in Manitoba, Canada.
Needs and Issues of Latino and Native American Nonparental Relative Caregivers: Strengths and Challenges Within a Cultural Context
Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 37(3), 2009
Discusses the results of a study examining the needs and issues facing Latino and Native American custodial grandparents and other relatives providing kinship care.