Kinship Families

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


National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment

The National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment, NRCDR website closed on September 29, 2017. The NRCDR website is not being maintained but will remain available through March 2019.

 

  • Website, National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment


Kinship webpage from Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • Website, Kinship webpage from Child Welfare Information Gateway


Supporting Kinship Caregivers Podcast series

Supporting Kinship Caregivers Podcast Series from Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Download to list to part 1 & part 2 of the podcast, or get the transcripts.

 

  • Podcast, Supporting Kinship Caregivers Podcast series

    Podcast Part 1

  • Transcript, Supporting Kinship Caregivers Podcast series

    Transcript Part 1

  • Website, Supporting Kinship Caregivers Podcast series

    Part 1 Website

  • Podcast, Supporting Kinship Caregivers Podcast series

    Podcast Part 2

  • Transcript, Supporting Kinship Caregivers Podcast series

    Transcript Part 2

  • Website, Supporting Kinship Caregivers Podcast series

    Part 2 Website


Kinship Treatment Foster Care toolkit
  • Toolkit, Kinship Treatment Foster Care toolkit


Hope and Healing for Sensory Deprivation

This booklet provides an overview of Sensory Deprivation or Sensory Processing Disorder. Based on the work of Carol Kranowitz and Karyn Purvis, information on definition, origins, detection & diagnosis,  and treatment are included.

  • Document, Hope and Healing for Sensory Deprivation


The Grandparent’s and Other Relative Caregiver’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities from the Children’s Defense Fund
  • Guide, The Grandparent’s and Other Relative Caregiver’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities from the Children’s Defense Fund


Children’s Defense Fund Guide to Resources for Kinship Families
  • Guide, Children’s Defense Fund Guide to Resources for Kinship Families


Fairfax County Kinship Quick Guide
  • Website, Fairfax County Kinship Quick Guide


Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren
  • PDF, Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren


Compilation of Kinship Resources
  • Document, Compilation of Kinship Resources


Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population

Kinship Adoption: Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population, from Child Focus.

  • Report, Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population


Generations United/The State of Grandfamilies Report 2017- In Loving Arms: The Protective Role of Grandparents and Other Relatives in Raising Children Exposed to Trauma
September 01, 2017

In Loving Arms: The Protective Role of Grandparents and Other Relatives in Raising Children Exposed to Trauma

  • Report, Generations United/The State of Grandfamilies Report 2017- In Loving Arms: The Protective Role of Grandparents and Other Relatives in Raising Children Exposed to Trauma

    Full report

  • Infographic, Generations United/The State of Grandfamilies Report 2017- In Loving Arms: The Protective Role of Grandparents and Other Relatives in Raising Children Exposed to Trauma


Guide: Grand Resources: A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities

Grand Resources: A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities, from Generations United

Are you a grandparent or other relative raising another family member’s child? You are not alone. Grandfamilies – or extended family members and close family friends and the children they raise – are growing in numbers. More than 2.7 million children are being raised in grandfamilies without any parents in the home. Although we don’t know how many, we believe many of the children in grandfamilies have disabilities or special needs. Often they may have disabilities because of the situations that led to them being cared for in a grandfamily. Some of them may develop disabilities if they do not receive services to help them while they are young.

The guide seeks to answer some of the most often asked questions from grandfamilies like yours who have children with disabilities.

  • Guide, Guide: Grand Resources: A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities

  • Website, Guide: Grand Resources: A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities