Adoption


Adoption can be a very useful legal relationship option for some relative headed families.

Care & Custody


By "care and custody," we mean the state laws that govern the continuum of legal relationship options.

Education


Accessing educational services for the children in their care.

 

Federal Child Welfare Kinship Laws


Helps connect foster children with their relatives and promotes permanent families through guardianship. 

Financial Assistance


Federal legal requirements for sources of financial assistance for relatives raising children.

Kinship Foster Care & Licensing


This topic area addresses policies that treat relatives differently from non-relatives providing foster care.

 

 

Healthcare


This topic area addresses state policy responses to facilitate grandfamilies' access to health care.
 

Housing


Although housing is an issue for many Americans, grandparent and other relative caregivers face certain unique barriers.

Kinship Navigator Programs


Provides information, referral, and follow-up services to grandparents and other relatives raising children.

National Family Caregiver Support Program


Federal dollars fund Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to provide supportive services to relatives aged 55 and older who are raising children, in addition to family caregivers of older individuals.

 

Notification & Engagement of Relatives


The Fostering Connections Act requires states to identify and notify relatives when children are removed from their parents’ homes.

Guardianship Assistance


The Fostering Connections Act allows states to use federal dollars to finance guardianship assistance programs (GAP).