Resources for Relative Foster Care


Alaska Resources

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 or visit   David Carey is the Volunteers of America contact person for Alaska Grandfamilies Project (907-279-9634 or or visit 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

Homer:  Contact Carol Coleman at (907) 253-1003

Juneau: Contact Rhodine Arnold at (907) 209-0516

Guide to Child Protective Services for Relatives

GrandFacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children (Alaska)

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  Grandparents RIghts and Custody Options  A Guide to Legal Rights and Support Services    A website of resources sponsored by Casey Family Programs, the American Bar Association and Generations United

A Family’s Guide to the Child Welfare Syste

Kinship Caregivers and the Child Welfare System

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 

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 

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


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