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May 2008Vol. 9, No. 4Grandfamilies Resource Center

A new website for grandparents and other relatives raising children ("grandfamilies") offers information on State laws and policies that may impact their circumstances. Visitors to the website can access a searchable database of State laws and pending legislation. The easily accessed database also may serve as a valuable resource for policymakers, attorneys, advocates, and others interested in child welfare policy and law.

The database will continue to be enhanced with regulations, policy manuals, practice information, and other Internet resources. The website is a joint project of Casey Family Programs, the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law, and Generations United.

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Kinship caregivers, grandfamilies, and child welfare personnel who work with these families may be interested in reading the online newsletter Kinship Reporter from the Child Welfare League of America. Two issues of the newsletter have been published, and they include a variety of articles that address the issue of kinship care from national as well as personal perspectives.