Are you raising a grandchild or other young family member because his or her parents are unable to do so? If so, you are not alone. Kinship care is an alternative to placing a foster child into a stranger’s care. Whether temporary or permanent, a large number of people take care of a child in order to alleviate family stress and do what they think is best for the child. But taking care of anyone—even a relative—can cause a great deal of emotional stress and strain. Fortunately, help is available.
Fostering Together Support Groups are open to relative caregivers. In addition, Fostering Together Liaisons are available to help answer your questions and if you choose to get licensed, they are happy to support you through the licensing process and beyond.
DSHS Kinship Care Website
- Become a Kinship Care Provider (DSHS)
- Foster Parenting & Relatives Caring for Kids (DSHS)
- Non-Parents Caring for Children (Washington Law Help)
- Coming Full Circle: Encompass Kinship Care (Seniors Digest, May 2009)
- Breakthrough Series Collaborative: Supporting Kinship Care (Casey Family Programs, November 2007)
- Collaborating with Kinship Caregivers: The Practice Choice and Challenge of Kinship Care (Partners for Our Children, 2011)
The Kinship Center is the first of its kind in Washington State. Its mission is to create and maintain a collaborative resource center that provides comprehensive and coordinated services to kinship caregivers: educational advocacy, legal options, community education, general support and group activities.
The King County Caregiver Support Network provides information and links to resources and services available to families providing care for relatives in foster care.
HopeSparks Kinship Care Program keeps children with family members and connects them with community resources. They help kinship caregivers provide children with the tools to become healthy, self-sufficient adults through a stable and loving home life through a variety of services.