Welcoming a New
Brother or Sister through Adoption:
From Navigating New Relationships to Loving Families



Arleta James


ABC of Ohio

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Resources for Kinship Caregivers


Crumbley, Joseph. Kinship Care: Relatives Raising Children. (Washington, D.C.: Child Welfare League of America, 1997.)

Melina, Lois Ruskai & Sharon Kaplan Roszia. The Open Adoption Experience: A Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families—from Making the Decision through the Child’s Growing Years. (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993.)

Takas, Marianne. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Guide to Finding Help and Hope. (New York: The Brookdale Foundation, 1995.)


Beltran, Ana. “Kinship Care Providers: Some Permanency Options.” North American Council on Adoptable Children.
Child Welfare Information Gateway. “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.”
Child Welfare Information Gateway. “Kinship Caregivers and the Child Welfare System.
Conway, Tiffany & Rutledge Hutson. “Is Kinship Care Good for Children?” Center for Law and Social Policy.
University of Wisconsin Extension. “Through the Eyes of the Child: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.”

 Financial Support

Child Welfare Information Gateway. “Adoption Assistance for Children Adopted from Foster Care.”
North American Council on Adoptable Children. Adoption Subsidy Resource Center.
US Department of Health and Human Services. “Children in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Child-Only Cases with Relative Caregivers.


American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

AARP is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over in the United States. The group is known for providing a host of services to this ever-growing segment of the population. Among these services is their Grandparent Information Center which offers an array of information to relatives raising relatives.

The Brookdale Foundation

The Brookdale Foundation Group focuses on the needs and challenges of America’s elderly.
Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for America's senior citizens and to further the fields of gerontology and geriatrics. The Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) encourages and promotes the creation or expansion of services for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of kinship care giving. This organization offers a number of publications related to kinship parenting, and the organization offers grants to establish kinship services.

Generations United

Since our beginning in 1986, Generations United has been the leading intergenerational membership organization in the United States. In a unique national partnership, AARP, Child Welfare League of America, Children's Defense Fund, and Generations United have created fact sheets containing the most up-to-date state information related to grandfamilies, including:
Census data on the number of grandparent caregivers
A comprehensive list of kinship care family resources and services
State foster care policies for kinship caregivers
Information about key public benefits programs
State kinship care laws

The Kinship Center

The Kinship Center is dedicated to the creation, preservation and support of foster, adoptive and relative families for children who need them. Sign up for their online class, Relative Caregiving: Strategies for Kinship Caregiving.

Kinship Navigator

Kinship Navigator programs are state initiatives that provide information, referral, and follow-up services to grandparents and other relatives raising children to link them to the benefits and services that they or the children need. Navigators help relatives’ access services and programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grants, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, other public benefits like food stamps, and legal assistance through partnerships with local law schools and legal aid clinics. Kinship navigator programs also sensitize agencies and providers to the needs of relative-headed families. Check your state’s website to see if there is a Kinship Navigator program in your area. Or, type “kinship navigator” in a “google” search to locate your closest Kinship Navigator resource.




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