August 2016Vol. 17, No. 6Kinship Caregiver Resources in Oregon
Kinship caregivers, including grandparents, can play an important role in providing safe and stable environments for children. In fact, relatives and grandparents are increasingly becoming full-time caregivers to young relatives whose parents are unable to take care of them. While kin caregivers fill an important and often rewarding role, caring for kin can come with several hardships and obstacles.
A guide from the Oregon Department of Human Services provides information on resources, services, and benefits to help kinship caregivers effectively care for their families. The guide addresses common issues kin caregivers may face, including meeting their relative child's emotional, behavioral, and physical needs; working with the Oregon Department of Human Services' Child Welfare Program; and assistance for families. A list of resources on local offices and programs that can further assist kin caregivers is also provided.
A Resource Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Grandchildren in Oregon is available at https://aix-xweb1p.state.or.us/es_xweb/DHSforms/Served/me9975.pdf (3 MB).