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Other Topics - Support for Relative Caregiver Families

Posted: December 11, 2011

Topics include: GrandFacts Sheets have been Updated and Family Finding Programs for Children in Foster Care.

GrandFacts Sheets have been Updated

In a unique national partnership, AARP, Brookdale Foundation Group, Casey Family Programs, Child Welfare League of America, Children's Defense Fund and Generations United have created the GrandFacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children. The recently updated GrandFact Sheets series is a very useful tool for finding the latest Census figures on children and grandparents living in relative caregiver families in each state and drawing attention to the issues affecting relative caregivers. To access the GrandFact Sheet for your state.

To access the 2010 American Community Survey information on relative caregiving. Once on the website, type in the topic, for example, “Grandparents” and your geographic area.

Family Finding Programs for Children in Foster Care

Family Finding and Engagement (also referred to as Family Search and Engagement, or Family Finding) is an intensive search method to find family members and other adults who would like to step in and care for children and youth in foster care who lack permanency. The goal of family finding is to locate long-term, caring, permanent connections and relationships for children and youth in foster care. The other key goal of family finding is to establish a long-term emotional support network with family members and other adults who may not be able to take the child into their home but who want to stay connected with the child. Find out more about this important intervention strategy
(Title of report: Promising Approaches in Child Welfare: Helping Connect Children and Youth in Foster Care to Permanent Family and Relationships through Family Finding and Engagement. September 2010. Published by the Children’s Defense Fund.)