Kin Caregivers and the Pandemic

by Glenda Clare • While COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all North Carolinians, grandfamilies have been especially hard hit. More than 89,000 North Carolina children and youth are members of grandfamilies created when a grandparent or other family member raises the child of a relative unable or unwilling to parent. Although most heads of grandfamilies are under age 60

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COVID-19 Resources for Resource Parents

Foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers in North Carolina may find the following pandemic-related resources helpful. NC Resources COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard General Child Welfare COVID-19 Guidance (May 1, 2020) Promotional Toolkit to inform and educate North Carolinians about COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and preventative measures they can take to protect themselves and their loved ones COVID-19 Video Playlist

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Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Jessica Dym Bartlett, Jessica Griffin, Dana Thomson • The following guidance, recommendations, and resources are provided by child trauma experts at Child Trends and the Child Trauma Training Center at the University of Massachusetts. The Center is housed at the University of Massachusetts with Child Trends as the lead evaluating agency, with funding from SAMHSA and the National Child

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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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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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