On Their Own Terms: Supporting Kinship Care Outside of TANF and Foster Care. Acknowledgements


The Alternative Kinship Care project was funded by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under a contract to the Urban Institute. The project benefited greatly from the oversight and input of Laura Feig Radel and Colleen Rathgeb, the ASPE Project Officers.

This study could not have been completed without the commitment and assistance of dedicated and diligent staff at each of the seven sites visited. We are indebted to the persons we interviewed for the study, but also to the many other individuals who helped arrange our visits. We would also like to thank officials from the alternative programs we did not visit, but who provided written materials about their programs. In addition, we would like to recognize the numerous experts and advocates who helped identify alternative kinship care programs to include in this study. Most of all we would like to thank the kinship caregivers who spoke with us openly and honestly about their often painful experiences in the hopes that doing so would help inform policy makers and administrators seeking to better address the needs of this population.

At the Urban Institute, Renu Shukla assisted in the editing, and Helena Mickle with the formatting of the final report.

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