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Five-part video training series: “Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Managing Risk Factors in Kinship Care.” By Joseph Crumbley

As the number of kinship caregivers increases for children in foster care and more child welfare jurisdictions adopt a “kin first” placement practice, the need to provide specialized support for relatives is becoming even more crucial. These relatives are doing what families have always done — caring for their own. However, with the added complexity of child welfare system involvement, financial stress and multigenerational loyalty binds, these families deserve assistance from professionals trained to meet their unique needs.

To support systems and caseworkers in this work, the Annie E. Casey Foundation developed a five-part video training series: “Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Managing Risk Factors in Kinship Care.” Led by Joseph Crumbley, the training sessions strengthen the skills of child welfare professionals in supporting families to improve outcomes for children. The series includes a discussion guide to help program directors, supervisors and trainers lead group sessions to deepen the learning experience.

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The following fact sheets provide ideas and strategies to help grandparents and other relatives who raise children to deal with the many of the day-to-day challenges they face. This fact sheet series, developed by the University of Georgia's Cooperative Extension Program, is available in both English and Spanish.

Below are links to common issues and concerns experienced by kinship caregivers, as well as pending legislation supporting grandparent/relative caregivers. Topics include grandparents' rights, custody arrangements, adoption, school enrollment, and information on how to become a kinship foster parent.

An introduction to the pressing issues and concerns faced by families with grandparents raising grandchildren. Program set includes a facilitor’s guidebook, a video (VHS - 16:55 min.), and fact sheets. (Kaplan, Handhardt & Crago)