According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center, across the nation, 4% of all children – more than 2.6 million children – are in kinship care. Each year in September, the Coalition celebrates National Kinship Care Month. Kinship care refers to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, adult siblings, members of tribes and clans, and other adults with whom they have a family-like relationship, lovingly providing caregiving support to children and youth. All of us at the Coalition appreciate kinship caregivers for providing care and support to the children you welcome into your homes with open arms and loving hearts! Parenting is a challenging endeavor for all parents. It can be even more challenging when your previously established role in your family changes from grandmother to mother, uncle to father, etc.
All families need access to resources and support services during their parenting journeys. Please know that the Resource Specialists at the Coalition are here to support and connect you to parenting resources and support services in your communities. We can be reached by calling us at 414-475-1246 or 800-762-8063. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all of the caregivers out there! We appreciate you for committing to being there for children and youth who need a safe, secure, and loving home. You are all truly making a positive difference in the lives of these children and youth!
From the Lending Library
Fostering Across Wisconsin Newsletter: Relatives Caring for Children
Fostering Across Wisconsin Newsletter: The Many Emotions of Kinship Care
Partners Newsletter: Kinship Care
The Kinship Parenting Toolbox, by Kim Phagan-Hansel
- Getting Started as a Relative or Kinship Caregiver
- Caregiver Trauma & Resilience: Tips to Keep Caring
- Somebody to Lean On: Connecting With a Parent Group
- The Changing Role of Caregivers: Grandparents
- The Emotional Journey of Relative Caregiving
- Locating Support Services
- Online Safety Tips for Caregivers
- Navigating Family Relationships as a Relative Caregiver
Additional Coalition Resource