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Kinship Care in Virginia

Grandparents ImageKinship Care is defined as the full time care, nurturing and protection of children by a relative.

The Virginia Division for the Aging (VDA) leads a Kinship Care Statewide Task Force and Information Network to discuss and share information on kinship care issues.

VDA has also developed a guide that helps identify legal, medical and emotional resources that are available to grandparents caring for grandchildren. Visit our Publications page and look under the subject heading "Grandparenting" to download a copy of this publication. You can also contact us for more information or assistance.

Online Resources:

AARP Grandparent Information Center - provides information for all grandparents

American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law – supports a Kinship Care Legal Resource Center with information for attorneys, judges, and others in social services working with kinship families.

Brookdale Foundation – is a nationally recognized sponsor of programs for relatives serving as parents.

Child Welfare League of America – provides support for meeting the needs of all children.  It is the nation’s oldest child advocacy organization.

Children’s Defense Fund – works to provide a safe life for all children.  It is a private, non-profit organization.

Generations United –focuses on improving the lives of children, youth and older citizens through intergenerational activities.

Grandfamilies of America –provides tools to navigate the systems that provide support for the children in kinship care

Grandsplace – provides many resources on-line for kinship families.

Kinship Care Support Groups –a PDF listing.

Kinship Information Network –provides information to relative caregivers, including a technical assistance manual for establishing a kin caregiver support group.

National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights – works through its national and international chapters to protect children.

Raising Your Grandchildren –provides information and support to relative caregivers.

Virginia Department of Social Services –Kinship Care

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