Kinship Families

Checklist for Kinship Caregivers Working with the Schools

Developed by Va Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) and Formed Families Forward, this checklist is for any kinship caregiver who is enrolling a child or youth in schools and working with schools to get appropriate services and supports.

  • Worksheet, Checklist for Kinship Caregivers Working with the Schools


National TA Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families

Posted: November 2, 2021

Generations United  is creating the first National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families (NTAC), funded through a five-year cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL).

They are seeking to fill a number of key positions with the Center. Find all job postings at www.gu.org/who-we-are/our-team/join-our-team/.

Contact Generations United directly for more information. https://www.gu.org/projects/ntac-on-grandfamilies-and-kinship-families/

  • PDF, National TA Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families

    Communications Coordinator

  • PDF, National TA Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families

    Assistant Director

  • PDF, National TA Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families

    TA Specialist

  • PDF, National TA Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families

    Contracts Manager

  • PDF, National TA Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families

  • PDF, National TA Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families


Working with Kinship Caregivers Checklist for Schools

This checklist developed by Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) and Formed Families Forward offers schools a checklist for school staff to use when working with relative or kinship caregivers raising children and youth.

  • Worksheet, Working with Kinship Caregivers Checklist for Schools


COVID-19/Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide For Kinship Families and Grandfamilies

From the US Administration for Community Living and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Advisory Group, a compilation of resources for kinship care families.

  • Factsheet, COVID-19/Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide For Kinship Families and Grandfamilies


Adoption and Transfer of Legal Custody for Children in Kinship Foster Care: Comparison Chart for Virginia

From Generations United, updated in 2021.

This chart is designed to help kinship foster parents compare adoption and transfer of legal custody as two options that kin caregivers and the children in their care can pursue to exit foster care and create permanent families. In Virginia, children can exit foster care with their kin caregiver through adoption or transfer of legal custody.

  • PDF, Adoption and Transfer of Legal Custody for Children in Kinship Foster Care: Comparison Chart for Virginia


The Case for Kinship Care: UMFS Kinship Care White Paper

This white paper explores current barriers, evidence for the benefits of kinship care, historical information on the foster care system, best practices and principles, and highlights the kinship work currently being done at UMFS. It addresses Virginia-specific barriers to kinship care.

  • Report, The Case for Kinship Care: UMFS Kinship Care White Paper


GAO Report: HHS Could Enhance Support for Grandparents and Other Relative Caregivers

From July 2020, this report examines (1) what is known about the numbers of grandparents and other kin serving as primary caregivers for children, and the reasons for that care; (2) challenges kin caregivers face and how officials report addressing them in selected communities; and (3) the extent to which HHS has supported states’ efforts to use relevant federal programs and initiatives.

GAO analyzed U.S. Census Bureau survey and HHS administrative data; reviewed relevant literature, federal laws, regulations, guidance, and other documents; and interviewed officials from HHS, national organizations, and in four states (Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, and Ohio) and communities, selected for their relatively large numbers of grandparent caregivers and to reflect  geographic and demographic diversity.

  • Report, GAO Report: HHS Could Enhance Support for Grandparents and Other Relative Caregivers

    GAO Report


American Community Survey: Why We Ask Questions About… Grandparents as Caregivers

This brief explains questions asked on the US Census American Community Survey about grandparents as caregivers. Data from 2018 is shared.

  • Website, American Community Survey: Why We Ask Questions About… Grandparents as Caregivers


Introducing Kinship Care Primer video

From JFS Connecting Hearts, this  25 minute video reviews the basics of kinship care in Virginia, including Family First Act implementation.

  • Video, Introducing Kinship Care Primer video

    Video link


Ask An Expert: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Family Issues

A column from Heidi Redlich Epstein, director of Kinship Policy and director of State Projects at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law.

  • Website, Ask An Expert: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Family Issues

    Legal Issues column


Northern Post Adoption Regional Consortium

Funded by Va Department of Social Services, the Northern Post Adoption Regional Consortium offers case management, crisis supports, training, and other services for post-adoptive families. It is a partnership between The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.), enCircle, Children’s Home Society and NACAC to offer post adoption services and supports.

All families who have finalized adoptions of children ages birth through 18 years and reside in Virginia are eligible for services at no cost. This includes families that have adopted domestically, internationally and through foster care.

  • PDF, Northern Post Adoption Regional Consortium

    Consortium Flyer for families

  • PDF, Northern Post Adoption Regional Consortium

    Consortium Flyer for professionals

  • Website, Northern Post Adoption Regional Consortium

    Website


Virginia Custody and Guardianship info from Commission on Youth

Shared in June 2020, these presentations to the Virginia Commission on Youth cover legal and technical provisions for child custody cases in Virginia as well as Guardianship, Entrustment, and Kinship Arrangements in Virginia.

  • PDF, Virginia Custody and Guardianship info from Commission on Youth

    Overview of Guardianship, Entrustment, and Kinship Arrangements in Virginia presentation to Commission

  • PDF, Virginia Custody and Guardianship info from Commission on Youth

    Legal Framework for Child Custody Cases presentation to Commission


Kinship Care: Know Your Rights as a Relative Caretaker

From Virginia Poverty Law Center, a review of kinship caregiver rights and benefits.

  • Document, Kinship Care: Know Your Rights as a Relative Caretaker


Engaging Families in Mental Health and Disability Services tip sheet

This one pager from the new Northern Virginia Family Network (NVFN) designed for professional staff who work with families and youth. It offers some brief, straightforward suggestions and reminders about effectively communicating and building partnerships with families who are in need of education, mental health, disability and other services and supports.

Members of the NVFN are found on the back of the flyer.

  • Factsheet, Engaging Families in Mental Health and Disability Services tip sheet


Raising and Working with Children and Youth in Foster Care or Living with Kin: Your Guide to Resources in Virginia

This Guide from Virginia Family Special Education Connection offers families and professionals links to state- and local-specific resources for enrolling students, education, medical care, mental health, transitioning students to post-secondary settings, courts, and other areas.

  • Website, Raising and Working with Children and Youth in Foster Care or Living with Kin: Your Guide to Resources in Virginia

    Website resource

  • Document, Raising and Working with Children and Youth in Foster Care or Living with Kin: Your Guide to Resources in Virginia

    Flyer


Summary of Family First Prevention Act

Signed into law in February 2018, the Family First Prevention Act reforms child welfare funding streams and focuses on prevention supports for families “at risk” of foster care, and adds supports for kinship navigation and other kinship initiatives.

  • Website, Summary of Family First Prevention Act

    Summary by First Focus Campaign for Children


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information on who is considered “Parent” for financial aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information on who is considered “Parent” for financial aid.

If you are considered a dependent student for FAFSA® purposes, you will need to provide information about your legal parent(s) on the application. A legal parent is your biological or adoptive parent, or your legal parent as determined by the state (for example, if the parent is listed on your birth certificate). If you have a stepparent currently married to your legal parent, you generally also must provide information about him or her.

  • Website, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information on who is considered “Parent” for financial aid

    More info and how to apply


Virginia Code section regarding enrolling kinship children in school: Section § 22.1-3

Virginia Code section regarding enrolling kinship children in school: § 22.1-3. Persons to whom public schools shall be free.

  • PDF, Virginia Code section regarding enrolling kinship children in school:  Section § 22.1-3

    Virginia Code § 22.1-3

  • Website, Virginia Code section regarding enrolling kinship children in school:  Section § 22.1-3


Kinship Care and School Enrollment in Virginia, report for the Virginia Commission on Youth

Kinship Care and School Enrollment in Virginia, report for the Virginia Commission on Youth.

  • Report, Kinship Care and School Enrollment in Virginia, report for the Virginia Commission on Youth


Power of Attorneys: Introduction, from Legal Aid Justice Service

Introduction to Powers of Attorney including answering what is a Power of Attorney, what are the benefits of executing (completing and signing) a Power of Attorney.

Instructions for Power Of Attorney including steps for the agent to perform.

  • Guide, Power of Attorneys: Introduction, from Legal Aid Justice Service

    Introduction to Powers of Attorney

  • Guide, Power of Attorneys: Introduction, from Legal Aid Justice Service

    Instructions for Power Of Attorney


Education for Immigrant Students and Children of Immigrants, from Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Guide, Education for Immigrant Students and Children of Immigrants, from Legal Aid Justice Center