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Research on Kinship Care


We need the research to understand the intricacies of Relative Care, whether formal foster care or informal in-family volunteer care. Joan Strutton is a doctoral candidate from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a grandparent raising a grandchild. She is doing research for the doctoral, which is restricted by timeliness. She needs survey information on depression issues from grandparents by the end of January. Any families willing to help with this project should contact Joan at . Please put Grandparent Survey in the subject line to avoid her junk mail inbox.


Though some of the data shows improvement such as in lower teen pregnancy rates in many areas, the terrible economic storm that we are in is evident in the poverty and child abuse/neglect data. Few statistics address the issue of kinship care, but it doesn't take a lot of thinking to figure out child abuse and neglect numbers are up, so where do the children go for safety? Grandparents and other relatives are the primary source to maintain the family continuity with children. How are these families faring in your community? Services exist and workers struggle to assist families, but too often, the barriers of multiple needs lead to exasperation both for the family and the helping agencies. I hope your community has strong collaborative that strengthen the safety net. Our children should not be the ultimate victim of a devastating economy. Check the Kids Count figures for your area. Hopefully you are able to develop strong funding sources in secure structures that include and support all relative caregivers - formal or volunteer.