This guide explores a range of opportunities and challenges faced by kinship caregivers in Oregon. It starts with common issues faced by family members caring for relative children and moves on to provide resources for those families. The guide begins with information on the number of children living in households headed by grandparents or other relatives and the challenges kinship caregivers face. A checklist is then provided of important things caregivers should do right away when they begin to care for children. Following sections review information on meeting the emotional and behavioral needs of different types of traumatized children, meeting the child’s physical needs, working with the Oregon Department of Human Services child welfare program, accessing financial and legal assistance, and accessing other types of services. The guide closes with a list of State and local resources.
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A Resource Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children in Oregon. September 2015.