On Their Own Terms: Supporting Kinship Care Outside of TANF and Foster Care. Services for Children


Alternative programs visited are less likely to provide an array of services for children. However, children in kinship families involved with child welfare agencies--Kentucky's child welfare alternative program, Florida's statewide program, and A Second Chance in Pittsburgh--are eligible for many services to address their needs (e.g., Medicaid, mental health). Programs not administered by a child welfare agency are recognizing the needs of children being raised by relatives. Denver's program provides referrals for children's activities including referrals to Big Brother/Big Sister programs and payments for special talents (i.e., music lessons, registering for sports teams). The program is also trying to address children's mental health needs through referrals to therapists.

The Kinship Support Network provides some services specifically for children including recreation activities and an after school tutoring program.