Providing kinship care outside the child welfare system? You are not alone

by Glenda Clare • Grandparents and other relatives (often referred to as kinship caregivers or heads of grandfamilies) often assume custody after receiving a call from a concerned neighbor or visiting and finding dirty, unfed children alone in a messy home. In times of crisis, relatives step in to care for the children. Parental abuse of alcohol and other drugs,

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Licensed Kinship Care in NC

Licensed kinship care resembles nonrelative foster care. In both, the county DSS has legal custody of the children. Like all states, NC has requirements (e.g., training, background checks, etc.) that non-kin foster parents must meet before they can care for children in foster care. In NC, kinship caregivers must meet these same requirements to be licensed as a foster parent.

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An American Indian Grandparent’s Perspective on Kinship Care

by Tonia Jacobs Deese • In many cultures, caring for the children of relatives is an honored practice that goes back thousands of years. For this article, I spoke with Sappony Tribe member Shelia Wilson about her experience as an American Indian kinship caregiver. The Sappony people live in the Piedmont region along the North Carolina and Virginia border. Please

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