On Their Own Terms: Supporting Kinship Care Outside of TANF and Foster Care. The Needs of Kinship Care Families

09/01/2001

National studies have documented that kinship care families face numerous challenges and have a variety of service needs. Kinship care children, whether or not they have been abused or neglected, are dealing with the emotional trauma of being separated from their parents. At the same time, many of their relative caretakers are older, have limited formal education, and are raising their relative children in impoverished environments. Many caregivers are caring for more than one related child, often in addition to their own children. Many families are eligible for public services such as TANF payments, food stamps and Medicaid, but are not receiving them.