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

09/01/2001

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.