Resources for Relative Foster Care


 

Alaska Resources

Grandparents Taking Care of Grandchildren  (Radio Program)   KSKA Radio’s Charles Wohlforth talked with Alaskan grandparents raising their grandchildren as a result of alcohol and drug abuse.

Grandfamilies Resource Book Published by Volunteers of America Alaska Chapter   GrandfamiliesResourceBook.pdf

Grandfamilies Networking Project   Sponsored by Volunteers of America, Alaska Grandfamilies Project. Call 1-888-522-9866 or email grands@voaak.org or visit www.voaak.org.   David Carey is the Volunteers of America contact person for Alaska Grandfamilies Project (907-279-9634 or grands@voaak.org or visit www.voaak.org.) The Grandfamilies Network has regular support groups and activities for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, including grandparents providing foster care to a grand child. 

Grandparent Support Groups in Alaska

Anchorage:  Contact David Carey at 522- 9866

Mat Su:  Contact Rozann Kimpton at (907) 376-7322 or rozann@mtaonline.net.

Homer:  Contact Carol Coleman at (907) 253-1003

Juneau: Contact Rhodine Arnold at (907) 209-0516

Guide to Child Protective Services for Relatives http://dhss.alaska.gov/ocs/Documents/Publications/pdf/relativeGuide.pdf

GrandFacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children (Alaska)  http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/relationships/friends-family/grandfacts/grandfacts-alaska.pdf

Questions and Answers for Relative Considering Fostering A Family Member (Unlicensed Relative Caregiver in Alaska)   QAForRelativeConsideringFosteringFamilyMember.pdf

 

Guides and Articles

Raising Relatives’ Children   from the Iowa Foster Parents Association http://www.ifapa.org/pdf_docs/RaisingRelativesChildrenBookw.pdf

HelpGuide.org  Grandparents RIghts and Custody Options  A Guide to Legal Rights and Support Services

Grandfamilies.org    A website of resources sponsored by Casey Family Programs, the American Bar Association and Generations United   http://www.grandfamilies.org/RESOURCES.aspx

A Family’s Guide to the Child Welfare Systehttp://www.tapartnership.org/docs/familyGuideToChildWelfare.pdf

Kinship Caregivers and the Child Welfare System https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_kinshi/f_kinshi.pdf

The National Resource Center on Permanency and Family Connections assembled an extensive list of resources, articles, and links regarding Kinship and Relative Care of children in the child welfare system  http://www.nrcpfc.org/is/kinship-relative-care.html

AARP has put together several resources to assist grandparents raising grandchildren including a guide of what to do if you are just getting started at  http://www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/info-08-2011/grandfamilies-guide-getting-started.html 

Grandparenting Today   Lots of fact sheets from the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension specific to grandparents raising grandchildren from development to money ideas to self-care to dealing with adult child interference.

Annie E. Casey Foundation Kinship Care Series

Engaging Kinship Caregivers:  Managing Risk Factors in Kinship Care (Featuring Kinship Care Expert Joseph Crumbley)   For Training Credit, Use the Webinar Information Sheet

Module One:   Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Guilt

Module Two:   Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Loss and Ambivalence

Module Three: Engaging Kinship Caregivers:  Projections and Transference 

Module Four:   Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Hope, Fantasy and Denial

Module Five:   Engaging Kinship Caregivers:  Loyalty Issues

 



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