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Through Benvanjae’s story we learn about kinship care and adoption from the perspective of a grandmother dealing with the foster care system.


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Bevanjae is a writer for Rise Magazine. Her articles share her experiences with the system and as a CWOP Community Representative. 

  • There and Back
    One painful day ripped my family apart. Fifteen years later, we’re coming together again.

  • Supporting Parents in Crisis
    Community Representatives help parents facing removal to advocate for themselves.
Best Practices from the Field
(Child Focus, 2008)

This issue brief from Child Focus provides an overview of efforts to adapt foster parent training to the unique needs and circumstances of kinship caregivers. The following topics are addressed: federal licensing requirements, including requirements for foster care training as a condition of licensing; limitations of traditional foster parent training for kinship caregivers; state and county efforts to develop foster parent training programs tailored specifically for kin; common themes related to kin-specific training; and questions that states and localities should consider as they develop kin-specific training.  This document was updated in 2009.

Help for Children Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives: 

Questions and Answers about the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Center for Law and Social Policy, 2009)

The Fostering Connections Act of 2008 is one of the most significant pieces of child welfare legislation ever passed.  This user friendly document was put together by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and fifteen national organizations to provide an overview of the new Fostering Connections Act.  The article provides information regarding the impact the legislation will have for children living in kinship care.

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