Kinship Families: Grandparents and Other Relatives as Primary Caregivers for Children

Cooper, Cathy
October 2012
International Journal of Childbirth Education;Oct2012, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p27
Academic Journal
Grandparents and other relatives may care for a child when their parents no longer can. The term kinship care describes this family care arrangement, and is often the best option when children cannot live with their own parents. Kinship caregivers may worry about their own physical and emotional wellbeing, ability to meet the child's needs, or encounter barriers such as finding affordable housing, obtaining healthcare services for the child, and navigating the educational system. There is a need for services that support kinship families.


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