Becoming a kinship care provider is challenging for all involved. Usually, you have little time in making the decision. Often, you love the child’s parents and your heart is breaking because of the situation that has led to your becoming the primary caregiver for this child. The child is struggling with the changes in his life as well. There is a lot to navigate.
One of the first decisions you will have to make is what type of legal arrangement is best for you, for the child, and for the child’s parent. Emotion, legal, and financial issues have to be considered with whether you become a licensed foster parent, a guardian, an informal childcare provider, or some variation of these arrangements. We have resources to help you sort out your options. We also have resources to make the transition from the grandparent, aunt, or cousin to the parent easier for everyone.
Scroll to the very bottom of this page to see the resources we have on Kinship Care in the form of blogs/articles, radio shows/podcasts, tip sheets, fact sheets and expert Q & A’s.