GRAND Magazine - January/February 2011 - (Page 44)

grand families What is kinship care? H First you must define “family” BY MICHELLE GROSS Michelle Gross is Director of Operations for the National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights. 44 GRAND ow do you define kinship care? First you must answer the question “What is a family?” The last generation has seen many changes in how “family” is defined: from largely extended families to a nuclear two-parent, two-child household, to an extension that includes close friends and neighbors. Like the word “family,” the term “kinship” has also evolved. For many years, kinship care was mostly defined as a legal custody arrangement in which a grandparent is raising his or her grandchild. As Gerard Wallace, a national expert on kinship care, says, “Kinship care is much broader than how many of us understand it. It’s not just grandparents who have legal custody of their grandchildren. In fact, many grandparents as well as aunts, uncles and older siblings JAN FEB 2011 are part of an informal system of care that is a national resource for our children. As the original child welfare system, it is a natural and effective alternative for families in crisis.” Kinship care is not exclu- sive of the absent parents. Many times the parents are not

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - January/February 2011

Grand - Jan/Feb 2011
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand View
Grand Central
Fabulous After 50
A Midlife Faith
Grand Products
Cover Story
Grands With a Mission
Your Grandkids' Health
Dr. Marion
Health on Hold
Boomers and Boomerang Kids
Grandparent Rights
Kinship Care
Grand Families
Talking Can Save Your Life
Grand Finale

GRAND Magazine - January/February 2011