Grandparents & other caregivers Many grandparents, aunts & uncles, and other family members & friends have the full time responsibility of caring for children whose parents are actively using, incarcerated, working on recovery, or, too often, deceased. There is help available.
The Kinship Care Resource Centerhas assembled resources in every imaginable category, plus a few you haven't yet realized you need. These include Financial Resource Links, Health and Dental Insurance, General Health Care, Legal Assistance, Parental Power of Attorney Forms- Michigan Legal Aid, Counseling, Food, Clothing & Furniture, Senior Resources, General Resources and Referrals, and Nationwide Resources. Contact the Kinship Care Resource Center at 1-800-535-1218 or click here to go to their website.
National Kinship Alliance for Children A network of kinship providers, professionals, and community members working together to provide education, resources, and support for others in this population. This source includes advocacy opportunities that bring together this community towards changing policies and enacting change. The programs they offer vary from advocacy support to education surrounding kinship issues and questions. For more information visit http://kinshipalliance.org/
Grandfamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy A journal consisting of topics related to kinship care, specifically grandparents raising grandchildren, and research surrounding this population. http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/grandfamilies/
Foster Care Navigators These navigators are the liaisons between the relative caregiver and the child welfare agency in which they are working with. These navigators are either current or past foster care providers that are there to answer any questions or concerns that caregivers may have surrounding the foster care process and licensing. For more information visit www.fcnp.org/