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Kinship Care

The Brookdale Foundation: Refer to the Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP). The Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) initiative began in October, 1991 and focuses on services to grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting when the biological parents are unwilling or unable to do so.

Child Welfare League of America Kinship Care Section

U.S. Government’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: This site contains very important information on the following four topics:

  • Benefits and Assistance (including social security benefits, grandchildren with disabilities, financial assistance);
  • Health and Safety Resources (including child care, health care coverage);
  • Reports and Publications (web sites, newsletter, suggested reading); and
  • State Resources.

The Foundation for Grandparenting: The Foundation for Grandparenting is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting grandparents.

Generations United National Center on Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children: Generations United (GU) Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children project is seeking to improve the quality of life of these caregivers and the children they are raising. Using an intergenerational framework that considers the needs of each generation in these families, we are educating policy makers at the national, state and local levels, raising awareness among professionals in the public and private sectors, and providing education and training to service practitioners.

Kinship Care/Adoption from Kinship care and adoption maintain family bonds and connections when family members other than the biological parents adopt or care for a child. This site provides information for kinship providers, including legal options for relative caregivers, definitions of kinship care, and Adoption v. Guardianship.

Casey Family Programs, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, and Generations United have partnered to create the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center, found at

Kinship Caregiver Program at Catholic Charities
Kinship families looking for support groups or wanting to sign up for the Catholic Charities Kinship Chronicles newsletter may contact:
Carrie Savage, Kinship Caregiver Program Manager