How do Family Resource Centers (FRCs) work with grandparents and kin caring for children?
How can FRCs be leveraged for implementation of federally-funded kinship navigation?
What resources are available to support working effectively with grandparents and kin?
Across the United States, about 2.7 million children live in grandfamilies or kinship families – families in which grandparents, other adult family members, or close family friends are raising children – with no parents in the home. Parental substance use, the opioid crisis, military deployment, natural disasters, incarceration, disability, and death – including due to the pandemic – are a few reasons causing kin to step forward to raise children they did not expect or plan to raise.
Child welfare systems also often place children with kin as “kinship foster parents” without licensing them or providing the children in their care anywhere near the same level of assistance as children in non-relative or non-kin foster care.
These families often need support making alternative caregiving plans and accessing services that may only be available to parents or those caregivers who have gone through a formal process to obtain a legal relationship to the children.