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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Overcoming Kinship Care Obstacles by Educating Yourself and Asking for Help

by Jamie Bazemore • Lack of knowledge regarding what services and supports are available can be an enormous barrier for kinship caregivers. How can you advocate for what you need when you don’t know what’s out there? The first step is simply learning to ask for more knowledge and information. Following are some ways to learn about available services. Sit

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It’s complicated: Parenting a child with complex trauma as a kinship caregiver

by Kate Murray • Many children in kinship care have experienced complex trauma. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) defines complex trauma as children’s exposure to multiple traumatic events (such as physical and sexual abuse) from a young age. These traumatic events often occur within their caregiving relationship and have long-term effects on a child’s behavior and development. When

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Educational Advocacy Resources

by Bob DeMarco • There are several organizations out there that have published materials my family have found useful in working with schools. I’d like to share some of them with you. If you need assistance navigating the waters of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) is an excellent resource. They offer many training oppportunities,

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Self-care for Relative Caregivers: One Family’s Story
by Tonia Jacobs Deese

If you are caring for a loved one’s child due to abuse or neglect, our child welfare system relies on you. One in four children in foster care in North Carolina are in “kinship placements,” which typically means a county department of social services has legal custody of the child, but the child lives with a relative (Duncan, 2014). Benefits

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Mobile App for Building Resilience in Foster Families

Helps foster/adoptive families and youth build strengths, connect to supports, and overcome common challenges   Have you heard about “FOCUS on Foster Families”? Designed for foster/adoptive families and youth, this free mobile application aims to provide support for youth and those who care for them in the form of video interviews, skill-building games, and access to downloadable PDFs to help

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