On Their Own Terms: Supporting Kinship Care Outside of TANF and Foster Care. Caregiver Support Services


Alternative programs visited recognize the emotional toll that caregiving takes on many relative caregivers, especially grandparents. Kin are unexpectedly shouldered with the responsibility of taking on a new caregiving role later in life or caring for children in addition to their own. Many of the services provided to relative caregivers (e.g., support groups, transportation, child/respite care) are designed to relieve the isolation experienced by kinship caregivers.