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    Child welfare peer kinship network

    Connect with child welfare professionals around the country from state, county, regional or local public agencies to learn about research, policies, and practices to support kinship families.

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    Legal Impact Network for Kin

    Join other public interest attorneys who serve kinship families to expand partnerships, share best practices, and create better policies and laws.

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    Need Help

    See State Fact Sheets to obtain important state specific kinship resources, information and data.

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    Kinship wikiHow

    View this guide to creating a child welfare system that promotes kinship placement, helps children in foster care maintain connections with their family, and tailors services and supports for kinship foster families.

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    Latest News

    Check out the newest national resources, publications and announcements to assist Grandfamilies.

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Search Laws

A searchable database of laws and legislation affecting grandfamilies both inside and outside the foster care system for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


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Resources

Free and online legal resources in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system.



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Publications

View our publications that support grandfamilies including: Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Using the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP), and Relative Foster Care Licensing Waivers in States.

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Topics
ADOPTION

Adoption can be a very useful legal relationship option for some relative headed families.

Care & CUSTODY

By "care and custody," we mean the state laws that govern the continuum of legal relationship options.

EDUCATION

Accessing educational services for the children in their care.

 

federal laws

Helps connect foster children with their relatives and promotes permanent families through guardianship. 

Financial Assistance

Federal legal requirements for sources of financial assistance for relatives raising children.

Foster care licensing

This topic area addresses policies that treat relatives differently from non-relatives providing foster care.

Healthcare

This topic area addresses state policy responses to facilitate grandfamilies' access to health care.
 

housing

Although housing is an issue for many Americans, grandparent and other relative caregivers face certain unique barriers.

Kinship Navigator Programs

Provides information, referral, and follow-up services to grandparents and other relatives raising children.

National Family Caregiver Support Program

Federal dollars fund Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to provide supportive services to relatives aged 55 and older who are raising children, in addition to family caregivers of older individuals.

Notification of Relatives

The Fostering Connections Act requires states to identify and notify relatives when children are removed from their parents’ homes.

Subsidized Guardianship

The Fostering Connections Act allows states to use federal dollars to finance guardianship assistance programs (GAP).

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