Grandparent & Kinship Parenting

Grandparents and other relatives sometimes find themselves playing the role of parents for the children in their lives. The programs and resources listed below provide information and support to help these grandfamilies thrive.

Click on the v-shaped arrow to the right of each program description to view more information.

AARP offers advice and resources on its website for grandparents raising grandchildren. Topics include legal and financial issues, education, health, housing, and support. AARP also hosts an online group for grandparents raising grandchildren to connect with each other and share information.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Phone: (888) 687-2277

Website: https://www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/info-08-2011/grandfamilies-guide-getting-started.html

Note: information is available in English and Spanish

This state website offers information about kinship care in the foster care system as well as links to resources for kinship care families.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone may access information

Address: Foster Caregiver Policy and Support Unit, 744 P Street, MS 8-13-78, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 651-7465

Email: kinship.care@dss.ca.gov

Website: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/foster-care/kinship-care

Current or former foster youth as well as caregivers can get help connecting to supportive services and resources.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: current or former foster youth and caregivers

Website: https://www.getvirtualsupport.org/app/

This national non-profit organization provides information and advocates for policies to benefit grandparents and other relatives raising children.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 80 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 289-3979

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://www.gu.org/explore-our-topics/grandfamilies/

This website provides legal information for grandfamilies both within and outside the child welfare system.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Website: https://www.grandfamilies.org/

This program provides support to grandparents and other relatives raising family members. Services include support groups and counseling, in-home support and respite resources, advocacy, information and referrals, family activities, mentoring, and workshops

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: grandparents and other family members providing kinship care

Address: 8391 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95610

Phone: (855) 912-2622 or (916) 238-3503

Email: info@lilliput.org

Website: https://www.lilliput.org/parents/kinship-services

This program, located in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood, serves women and children through four programs: Nutritious Meals Program, the Children's Corner Program, the Safety Net Services Program, and the Women's Wellness Program.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: women with children

Address: 3414 4th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95817

Phone: (916) 454-9688

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://www.wellspringwomen.org/

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This page was created by Catheryn Koss. Last updated 5/25/2022