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Resources for Relative Foster Care
Grandparents Taking Care of Grandchildren (Radio Program) KSKA Radio’s Charles Wohlforth talked with Alaskan grandparents raising their grandchildren as a result of alcohol and drug abuse.
Grandfamilies Resource Book Published by Volunteers of America Alaska Chapter GrandfamiliesResourceBook.pdf
Grandfamilies Networking Project Sponsored by Volunteers of America, Alaska Grandfamilies Project. Call 1-888-522-9866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.voaak.org. David Carey is the Volunteers of America contact person for Alaska Grandfamilies Project (907-279-9634 or email@example.com or visit www.voaak.org.) The Grandfamilies Network has regular support groups and activities for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, including grandparents providing foster care to a grand child.
Grandparent Support Groups in Alaska
Anchorage: Contact David Carey at 522- 9866
Mat Su: Contact Rozann Kimpton at (907) 376-7322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homer: Contact Carol Coleman at (907) 253-1003
Juneau: Contact Rhodine Arnold at (907) 209-0516
Guide to Child Protective Services for Relatives http://dhss.alaska.gov/ocs/Documents/Publications/pdf/relativeGuide.pdf
GrandFacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children (Alaska) http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/relationships/friends-family/grandfacts/grandfacts-alaska.pdf
Questions and Answers for Relative Considering Fostering A Family Member (Unlicensed Relative Caregiver in Alaska) QAForRelativeConsideringFosteringFamilyMember.pdf
Guides and Articles
Raising Relatives’ Children from the Iowa Foster Parents Association http://www.ifapa.org/pdf_docs/RaisingRelativesChildrenBookw.pdf
HelpGuide.org Grandparents RIghts and Custody Options A Guide to Legal Rights and Support Services
Grandfamilies.org A website of resources sponsored by Casey Family Programs, the American Bar Association and Generations United http://www.grandfamilies.org/RESOURCES.aspx
A Family’s Guide to the Child Welfare System https://www.acrf.org/assets/publications/AFamilysGuide_English.pdf
Kinship Caregivers and the Child Welfare System https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_kinshi/f_kinshi.pdf
The National Resource Center on Permanency and Family Connections assembled an extensive list of resources, articles, and links regarding Kinship and Relative Care of children in the child welfare system http://www.nrcpfc.org/about-us.html
AARP has put together several resources to assist grandparents raising grandchildren including a guide of what to do if you are just getting started at https://www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/info-08-2011/grandfamilies-guide-getting-started.html
Grandparenting Today Lots of fact sheets from the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension specific to grandparents raising grandchildren from development to money ideas to self-care to dealing with adult child interference.
Annie E. Casey Foundation Kinship Care Series
Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Managing Risk Factors in Kinship Care (Featuring Kinship Care Expert Joseph Crumbley) For Training Credit, Use the Webinar Information Sheet
Module One: Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Guilt
Module Two: Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Loss and Ambivalence
Module Three: Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Projections and Transference
Module Four: Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Hope, Fantasy and Denial
Module Five: Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Loyalty Issues