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


Overall, the needs and circumstances of these caregivers vary in significant ways. While one kinship caregiver may be 26 years old, caring for her five younger brothers and sisters and trying to hold onto a job, another may be a 70-year-old grandmother raising her teenage grandson in a tiny apartment on a fixed income. The needs of these two caregivers are very different, and alternative kinship programs struggle with ways to serve them both. While some programs provide services such as financial assistance to meet the needs of this population, others are offering support groups and day care. Programs also struggle with deciding how to be structured and administered in order to meet the unique needs of kinship caregivers in a comprehensive and sensitive way.