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.
- DSHS Kinship Care in Washington State (DSHS)
- Foster Care Licensing for Relatives Fact Sheet: (DSHS)
- Collaborating with Kinship Caregivers: The Practice Choice and Challenge of Kinship Care (Partners for Our Children, 2011)
- Did you know 2017? Kinship Caregiver Resource Guide
- King County Kinship Collaboration Brochure
- King County Kinship Resources
- Facebook Kinship Caregivers (This online group is open to all relative caregivers caring for a child in a dependency.)
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.