Finding local resources
when your grandchildren are in need.
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Local resources for grandparents and
kinship caregivers will
obviously vary from state to state, county to county, and
community to community. The following list is merely a list
of suggestions of where you may begin to look for the
services you may need. Remember; don't be afraid or
embarrassed to ask for help or referrals. There is no reason
for the children in your care to go hungry or without the
things they need.
Services: Apply for government financial assistance and
referrals to other community services. Ask about TANF:
Temporary Assistance for Needing Families (specifically
child-grant only), Food Stamps,
Daycare, Subsidized Guardianship, Kinship Foster Care, and
Often local churches will provide assistance for individuals
and children whether or not they are members of their
congregation. Even when they do not, they often will know of
other churches or agencies that can be helpful. Catholic
Community Services provides specific help regardless of your
Way: United Way donates money to specific local
agencies. They may be a good referral resource in finding
the services you need.
Groups: There may be a support group for grandparents
and kinship caregivers raising children in your area. If you
cannot find a support group by searching through our
Internet Resources page, check with your local Social
Services or other organizations on this page to see if a
support group is available in your area. If there is not one
started, perhaps you can find someone who would be
interested in starting one.
Banks: Many communities have a local food bank that
provides nonperishable food items to needy families.
Schools: The schools can be an excellent resource to
learn about available services. Not only does the school
provide special educational and nutritional services to
children, but also the school counselor or social worker can
refer you to community agencies that may provide other
Department: The Health Department is a valuable resource
to families. Not only can children receive immunizations,
and often healthcare, but the WIC program (Women,
Infants, and Children) provides formula and specific food
items for children ages newborn through four years of age.
Agency on Aging: Some local Area Agencies on Aging will
have services or referrals for older adults raising their
Mental Health Clinics: Community Mental Health Clinics
are often based on ability to pay and can provide needed
counseling for caregivers as well as children.
Pediatricians and Local Hospitals: Pediatricians and
local hospitals will often know of the community resources
that are available in your area.
Universities and Colleges: Local colleges may also have
programs for grandparents and kinship caregivers. Low-cost
counseling or support groups may be available.
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