Are you a Grandparent…Aunt…Uncle raising your grandkids, nieces and nephews?
AFFM supports your family in many different ways. AFFM knows these relationships can often be stressful for the adults….but especially when there are youth involved. AFFM advocates in ways that many cannot due to this stressful family situation. As a neutral observer with years of experience, AFFM knows how to assist families with DHHS, system issues, family dynamics, and concerns. AFFM have Kinship Specialists on staff who are also valuable assets when it comes to finding other resources for your family.
Kinship families need accurate and compassionate advice during this time. If this is your family or you know a family experiencing a disruption, call AFFM.
AFFM Kinship Support Services…
As a relative raising a relative’s child/children you may find yourself needing some supports.
- Non-judgemental listening support
- Systems Navigation
- Support Groups
- Kinship Network Group
- Information on Permanency Guardianship and how to become a foster or adoptive parent
- Annual training conference includes training specific to kinship care (scholarship funds available)
- Extensive lending library of books, videos, etc
- Monthly newsletter The Family Ties
- New and lightly used Material Goods (clothing, bedding, house hold items)
- AFFM discount card program
- Seeking summer camp scholarships for children
- Holiday parties
- Ready Set Go To Learn (RSGTL) provides backpacks and school supplies (when available) to children starting a new school year.
- Vacation activities for children and families
- Museum passes
- Access to Tamarack Cottage in Rangeley
- Holiday Gift Giving Program
- Email list serve
- Tickets to fairs and other family types of activities and programs
Additional resources and organizations that support kinship families
Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies works to enact policies and promote programs to help grandfamilies address challenges. Our work is informed by a national network of grandfamily caregivers. For information on existing state laws and policies affecting grandfamilies visit the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center at www.grandfamilies.org.
Grandfamilies.org serves as a national legal resource in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system. Their goals are to:
- educate individuals about state laws, legislation and policy in support of grandfamilies
- assist interested policymakers, advocates, caregivers, and attorneys in exploring policy options to support relatives and the children in their care
- provide technical assistance and training
The ABA is the largest voluntary professional association in the world with nearly 400,000 members. The ABA Center on Children and the Law improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy by focusing on child abuse and neglect, child welfare and protective services system enhancement, family preservation, adolescent health and other children protective legal issues.
ABA Center on Children and the Law’s contact for grandfamilies.org is Heidi Redlich Epstein, JD, MSW