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July/August 2023Vol. 24, No. 6National Initiative Provides Strategies to Support Kin Caregivers

To address the well-being of family caregivers, the Administration for Community Living released the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers. The strategy includes nearly 500 actions to implement across public and private sectors to connect family caregivers with the support they need.

The actions are designed to provide family caregivers with support and resources so that they can provide care without jeopardizing their own financial, emotional, and physical stability. This includes ensuring family caregivers feel recognized, assisted, included, supported, and engaged. The strategy is built on the following goals:

  • Align federal, state, tribal, and local responses to caregiver challenges.
  • Foster collaborations within and across stakeholder groups.
  • Optimize existing family caregiver support efforts by reducing redundancy, improving information sharing, and infusing best practices systemwide.
  • Prioritize efforts to advance equity for unserved and underserved populations of caregivers.
  • Ensure that all efforts to uplift caregivers are person centered and family centered, trauma informed, and culturally competent.

The strategy was developed by two councils formed in 2019: the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage Act Family Caregiving Advisory Council and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, in partnership with family caregivers with lived experience. The actions in the strategy are designed to assist both relatives caring for children and relatives caring for dependent adults with health conditions, disabilities, or functional limitations.

More information, including details on the various recommended actions that federal, state, and other organizations can take to support caregivers, is available in the full report.