Kinship Care Web Links


AARP Grandparent Information Center (888) 687-2277





Child Welfare Information Gateway (800) 394-3366





 The Brookdale Foundation

The Brookdale Foundation (212) 308 -7355






Child Welfare League of America (202) 638-2952




Children’s Defense Fund (202) 628-8787






Generations United (202) 289-3979








Grandfamilies of America (866) 272-3761




Grandparents As Parents (818) 789-1177



ABA Center for Children and the Law

ABA Center on Children and the Law (800) 285-2221




For Children’s Rights:  National Eldercare Locator (800) 677-1116



A State Fact sheet for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children


Anne E. Casey Foundation - Excellent research on related issues to kinship care, plus grant support



Center for Law and Social Policy offers good analysis of research and readable articles


Testing services will benefit parents who need to establish paternity to complete the Acknowledgement of Paternity; child support establishment; or for those who just need to have the peace of mind in knowing the truth regarding a biological relationship.
For more details please click here

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United Way of Passaic County
 Reaching for independence Programs

Pennsylvania Department of Aging
Family Caregiver Support Program

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
Family Support Organization of Bergen County


Media Resources





To learn more about how to become a legal guardian click on the following link: 


 Kinship legal Guardianship: A permanency Option in DCP&P Cases
Please click here

Kinship Legal Guardianship: Pro Se Manual: Applying for Kinship legal Guardianship on your Own
Please click here

Circle of Care is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to assisting Passaic County multiple-needs children and their families.
We are a Care Management Organization (CMO) that partners with families to design, implement, and manage Individual Service Plans for children with complex needs using both informal and community support


Through GRAND Magazine and now, through, we've created a world that celebrates the joys and tackles the challenges of one of life's sweetest experiences - having grandchildren.
This is our world, and together, we explore the changing face of grandparenting.  Continually updated with new and helpful information, standard features on the site include: long-distance grandparenting, kinship care and grandparents' rights, children's health and development, intergenerational travel and reunions, family money, fun and games to do with your grandchildren, food and family gatherings, fashion, inspirations, grandchildren's photographs and funny sayings, and much more!

Our Mission
  To improve the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all.
Our Vision
  A world that values and engages all generations
Our Desire
  Whether individual or organization, student or retiree, caregiver or neighbor, we invite you to join in this important endeavour.


The New Jersey Parents' Caucus, Inc. is a non-profit, parent-driven organization whose mission is to ensure that every family who has children with special emotional and behavioral challenges is given an opportunity to play a strong and active role in the development and delivery of effective and timely services for their children.

NORWESCAP offers many programs that assist individuals and families in a variety of ways.




Advocates for Children of New Jersey

ACNJ is the trusted, independent voice putting children’s needs first for more than 30 years. We educate the public and policymakers and equip caregivers with the information they need to be their child’s strongest ally. Our work results in better laws and policies, more effective funding and stronger services for children and families. This means more children are given the chance to grow up safe, healthy and educated.


One Simple Wish

One Simple Wish has been making small miracles happen for foster children and vulnerable families since December 2008. We offer everyone a glimpse into the life of a child in the foster care system or a family in need. Our goal is to connect people, one to one, to create rewarding, meaningful relationships between the giver and recipient.
Here on our website you can browse through hundreds of wishes posted on behalf of some of the most deserving, yet invisible children and families in the United States. Wish granting is simple and affordable, with most wishes ranging between $5 and $100. We allow everyone the chance to make a direct impact on the lives of those in need...anytime, from anywhere.


Zero to Three

ZERO TO THREE's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. We are a national nonprofit multidisciplinary organization that advances our mission by informing, educating and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.


Our mission is to enhance the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health related needs of children birth to age three who have delays or disabilities by providing quality
services and support to families and their children.
Families from diverse racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds will be involved in decision making at every level
of the design, implementation, and evaluation of
the Early Intervention System.


New Jersey Department of Education


Welcome to EP Global Communications

EP Global Communications (OTC Bulletin Board: EPGL) is a 40-year-old, award-winning publishing and communications company. EP provides practical advice and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs as well as to the physicians, allied health care professionals, and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development.


Center for cognitive-developmental assessment and remediation

The Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment and Remediation (BGCenter) is composed of independent professionals, specializing with services to the internationally adopted children and working in their own offices and at the Center. We specialize in psycho-educational issues of older (preschool and school age) internationally adopted children.


The ultimate mission of D2L, to end childhood sexual abuse, can only be accomplished by sharing the solution of prevention, awareness and education with more and more people. This, in turn, builds momentum and over time, changes the way our nation and culture cares for, protects and nurtures our children. Being an active participant in the mission to end childhood sexual abuse is one of the most rewarding things we will ever do – and we cannot do it without you


Three images of diverse grandparents raising grandchildren


Grandparent's Web


The Grandparents' Web consists of
Articles of interest to grandparents
Tip of the week for keeping in touch with grandchildren
Letters from other grandparents
Activities for grandchildren.
Grandpa's birthday book
A discipline primer for grandparents.
Fun at Grandma's house.
Names grandchildren give grandparents.
Science/Math fun of the week.





Grandparenting is associated with The Foundation For Grandparenting,  an all- volunteer, not-for-profit, 501 (C)3, tax-exempt corporation. Since 1980 we have been dedicated to raising grandparent consciousness in order to better the lives of grandchildren, parents, grandparents, and communities through education, research, programs, communication, and networking. Our website has been on-line since 1998.




Looking for Benefits? Answer questions to find out which government benefits you may be eligible to receive


College Scholarships and grants

Scholarships Online

Our site features the latest scholarships, educational grants, and financial aid opportunities. Every year, more than $50 billion dollars in such college funding is given away by corporations, organizations, and even government agencies. This web site posts new opportunities every single day


Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education: Proud sponsor of the American mind.


ACNJ's Children's Legal Resource Center is New Jersey's foremost information source on children and the law. Community service providers, attorneys, court staff and volunteers, educators, parents and caregivers, children, researchers, and general public, have depended on the Children's Legal Resource Center since 1993 for assistance, training and legal publications relating to the rights and care of New Jersey's children.



Foster and Adoptive Family Services (FAFS) in partnership with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) provide educational assistance through the New Jersey Foster Care Scholars Program.
FAFS also provides privately funded scholarships and grants for foster and adopted children who are high school seniors.

The New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) Scholars Program was put into place after Governor McGreevey signed the Tuition Waiver Bill in July of 2003. Through the passing of this legislation eligible foster and homeless youth may receive full tuition to a public New Jersey college, university, or vocational school.

FAFS Offers a series of privately funded academic scholarships and opportunity grants for foster and adopted youth. These awards are in place to assist foster and adopted youth (who are graduating high school) to obtain a higher education or with
moving into the next phase of their lives. The funding for these awards is made possible through the generosity of dedicated benefactors and members.



Provides support for grandparents raising grandchildren.

 is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) financial assistance grant program providing qualified couples and individuals -regardless of race, ethnicity, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability- with grants of up to $15,000 towards their domestic, international, foster, or special needs adoption expenses. Government Made Easy

If you take care of grandchildren, find grandparent programs in your state and get information about benefits, assistance, and morre. helps parents find time-saving tips and parenting strategies to help children learn at home, succeed in school, and grow up healthy. Pick up time-saving tips, get the latest news, and stay informed of all the latest sweepstakes and promotions.


Caring Partners CMO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Care Management Organization dedicated to organizing and coordinating services, resources and supports for children in Morris and Sussex County with multiple and complex emotional and behavioral needs.


GAP is a network of grandparents, service providers, community leaders and educators working together on behalf of grandparent and other relative caregiver families. GAP gives voice to the needs and concerns of grandparents/caregivers who are raising  children because their parents are no longer able or willing to do so. GAP offers community forums, educational programs, and a support network of advocates.




Think College!

College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
A Guide on How to Get Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities



College Affordability Guide

OUR MISSION: to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable. We analyzed 10,000,000+ data points from 5,000+ degree-granting colleges and universities across the US, looking for the most affordable colleges and degrees. Less than 10% of those schools made it into our rankings.



Those experiencing homelessness may believe there’s no way to attend college, let alone earn a degree. However, there’s a variety of support available that can help.
We’ve compiled a guide to help those experiencing homelessness get the information and assistance they need to successfully complete a college education.


Student Financial Guide – Loans, Scholarships & Grants

Does the high price of a college education make it seem like it is out of reach? Thankfully, multiple options for financing an education make it accessible to people of all backgrounds and economic situations. It just comes down to finding the right fit for you. In this article, we will be discussing the various loans, grants, and scholarships that are available to new and continuing students.


Department of Human Services

Legal Resources

Legal Services of New Jersey

This site offers information, advice and referrals for low-income people with civil legal problems


State wide service that offers legal information, advice and referral to low-income residents of New Jersey with civil legal problems (criminal cases are referred). This service is provided at no charge but applicants must be financially eligible to qualify.


LCS America's Partner For Equal Justice

LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. LSC distributes more than 90 percent of its total funding to 134 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 800 offices


American Bar Association - Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice

Center for Law and Social Policy offers good analysis of research and readable articles


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New Jersey State Bar Foundation

For 40 years, the CHLP has provided free civil legal services to individuals whose income is no greater than 250% of the poverty level. The organization will continue to do so for many clients living with disabilities.
Central Jersey Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm. We offer free legal help in civil (non-criminal) cases for low-income residents of Mercer, Middlesex and Union Counties. If you have a legal problem and cannot afford an attorney, Central Jersey Legal Services is here to help.


Mental Health Professionals

Healthcare Services


NJ Family Care

NJ FamilyCare is not a welfare program, but rather the State of New Jersey's way of providing affordable health coverage for kids and certain low-income parents.


Programs for Parents supports children, families and child care providers through education, advocacy, referrals and access to available financial resources.

Learning Ally — Making reading accessible for all.


 Healthy Foster Care America (HFCA)

Foster care is intended to provide temporary, safe homes (placement) for children and teens during a time of family crisis. There are lofty goals for the children and teens in foster care.


Where to Write for Vital Records

The links are provided for those users who want direct access to individual state and territory information. To use this valuable tool, you must first determine the state or area where the birth, death, marriage, or divorce occurred, then click on that state or area. Please follow the provided guidelines to ensure an accurate response to your request.

This report and guide outlines the medical and legal issues surrounding HIV and pregnancy in the United States. It makes it clear that persistent beliefs among medical, social service, and justice system professionals that women with HIV should avoid childbearing are unsupported by medical science or the law. The guide is the first of its kind, and charts the intersecting medical, ethical, and legal issues that can arise for HIV-positive women who are or may become pregnant. It underscores not only the legal basis, but the public health advantage, of treating women as active partners in their own and their newborns' treatment, and recognizing their right to appropriate counseling and medical care that accommodates their reproductive options. The guide provides a frank, balanced discussion of the medical issues and options women will encounter at all stages or their pregnancy, and how to deal with legal issues that also may arise when their right to make choices are challenged.


Child Welfare Information Gateway



Care Plus NJ


APHSA is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization representing appointed state and local health and human service agency commissioners. APHSA was founded in 1930 as the American Public Welfare Association and changed its name to APHSA in 1997. APHSA is the only association of the nation's top government human service executives from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories—and their key state program managers, plus hundreds of county-level directors of human services throughout the nation—for the exchange of knowledge, data, best practices, policy review and development, networking and advocacy. APHSA houses nine affiliate organizations, whose members are the administrators which operate human service agency divisions or departments in the states and for the most part report to a state commissioner. The affiliates cover a variety of program specializations such as child welfare and income assistance programs as well as support functions such as program evaluation and staff training.


An Informational Site dedicated To Moms.
We are your one stop directory of Places To Go, Things To Do, and Ways To Save


My Well-Being Powered by Humana is your guide to getting started on the path to complete well-being in every aspect of your life—health and money, people and play.

The site still features the essential information for all the child support customers and audiences we serve, including custodial parents, non-custodial parents, employers, child support professionals, staff, and supporting organizations and agencies.


Healthy is the only parenting Web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Whether you're looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues, you've come to the right place. Here, you'll find information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics many programs and activities, our policies and guidelines, our publications and other child health resources, as well as much, much more. Best of all, you can rest assured that the information comes from the nation's leading child health experts and that we have scientific research supporting our recommendations.




The National Kinship Alliance for Children is a nationwide network of grandparents, community members, and professionals working together to provide education and support, advocacy, and thought leadership for children, grandparents, and kinship families.




The Grandparents Rights Organization is a national volunteer nonprofit organization founded in 1984 by founder and executive director, attorney Richard S. Victor. It has been qualified as tax-exempt organization under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501 (c) (3). It’s purpose is to educate and support grandparents and grandchildren and to advocate their desire to continue a relationship that may be threatened with loss of contact or amputation, usually following: family acrimony; a child being born out of wedlock; the death of one of the child’s parents or the divorce of the grandchild’s parents.



Three Points Center logo The Residential Treatment Center for Adopted Adolescents


eXtension The environment of eXtension is a catalyst for transformation of the Cooperative Extension System of the Land Grant Universities nationwide.
eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers—experts like you who know their subject matter inside out.


NOFAS – National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome National Organization on Feta Alcohol Syndrome


smiles change lives logo Smiles Change Lives (SCL) promotes increased self-esteem and improved oral health for children from low-income families in need of orthodontic treatment. Our goal is to help families, who cannot afford the full cost of braces, secure treatment for their children by connecting them with orthodontic providers willing to donate their services to deserving patients.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The Rewards and Challenges of Parenting the Second Time Around


The Center for Parenting Education

A resource to help parents do the best job they can to raise their children

The Center for Parenting Education educates and supports parents to do the best job they can to raise their children to become confident, caring, responsible and productive. We offer a variety of programs and activities that help parents do this important job.


Child Trends National Research Center logo To help programs and policy better serve low-income Hispanic children and families, the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (Center) provides research and capacity building activities across three areas:
early care and education
healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood
poverty and economic self-sufficiency


Drugwatch Helps People Who Were Injured By Dangerous Drugs And Medical Devices.


Your Adoption, Foster and Kinship Resource Website.




The Institute for the Advancement of Senior Care (IASC) is dedicated to fostering continuous innovation and best practices for business and clinical professionals working throughout continuum of senior care. The Institute is a multi-disciplinary community of administrators, policy advocates, educators, researchers, gerontologists, and clinical professionals. Through its leading-edge research, educational programs, and resources, the Institute works to improve quality of care and lifestyle, operational efficiency, and resident safety and satisfaction for seniors and the professionals who care for them.


New Beginnings - Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation

When discussing substance abuse and addiction, most people think about teenagers and young adults. Much public education is devoted to addiction prevention beginning in the elementary years, as evidence has shown that early education and intervention reduces the likelihood that children will experiment with drugs. Most people would be surprised to learn that substance abuse and addiction is actually a growing problem among senior citizens.


Our Twelve Step program Recovery Guides are alcoholics and addicts with quality sobriety. Our Recovery Guides have themselves experienced the nightmare of addiction and the miracle of recovery.

Children's System of Care Services Providers