Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Kinship Caregiver Resources

Below are a list of handy resources for grandparents and kinship caregivers. We are always interested in adding good, useful resources to our list. Please contact us with any resources related to guardianship or kinship care.

Includes resources on finances, health, education and resources for grandparents and kinship caregivers.

Grandcare Toolkit from AARP

If you take care of grandchildren, find grandparent programs in your state and get information about benefits, assistance, and more.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

A brief overview with links to other organizations.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

When you’re a parent again.

A Factsheet from the University of Wisconsin. Focuses on types of disruptions and describes common behaviors, thoughts, and feelings children experience when they are separated from their parents.

Disruptions in Close Relationships: How they affect a child’s behaviors, thoughts, and feelings.

Looks at ways of breaking negative patterns and reinforces positive ones. It also looks at depression among grandparent caregivers, how it can affect the grandchild’s well-being and where to turn for support.

The Cycle Of Family Patterns

Discusses ways to help grandchildren maintain contact with their parents and strategies for good visits; also, discusses ways to help children make a positive transition to the changes in their life.

Children’s Contact with Their Parents

Relatives as Parents

Kinship caregivers of every kind are important to staff at Annie C.  We believe that families are best suited to raise their kin, if possible, and should be the first option investigated when children and youth cannot remain safely with their nuclear families. Relatives as Parents, our virtual kinship support group, is available to kin raising children. This service is free of charge. Contact us for details.

We also provide individual supports and consultation services to families involved in kinship care  – whether through probate court, or formalized foster care or informal family arrangements. Please call us to learn more about our services.

Are you a kinship caregiver? Learn more about legal issues in CT.