“Kinship Families and Grandfamilies” are families in which children are raised by their grandparents, other extended family members, or adults with whom they have a close family-like relationship. Currently, there are an estimated 2.7 million children in grandfamily/kinship households without parents in the home. Under normal circumstances, these families face significant challenges—health, well-being, financial, and legal—to name a few.
During emergencies, including natural disasters or pandemics, these challenges are magnified for Kinship Families and Grandfamilies. Recognizing this, the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (SGRG) developed a COVID-19/Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide.
COVID-19/Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide for Kinship Families and Grandfamilies contains resources on the following topic areas:
- COVID-19 Resources for Kinship Family and Grandfamily Caregivers
- General COVID-19 Information from the Federal Government
- Tips for “Staying Connected” in an Emergency
- Helplines and Hotlines
- Resources for Health Care and Social Service Providers
ACL would like to thank the members of the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren for creating this important resource to assist Kinship Families and Grandfamilies as well as the general public.
The Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is charged with identifying, promoting, coordinating, and disseminating to the public information, resources, and the best practices available to help grandparents and other older relatives both meet the needs of the children in their care; and maintain their own physical and mental health and emotional well-being.