Relative Caregiver Resources on TennHelp
Kinship families are in great need of financial, legal, and emotional support. Many times, relative caregivers don't know where to go for help. The Relative Caregiver portion of TennHelp.com is a practical resource guide that provides information and resources for agencies assisting grandparents and other relative caregivers. Its intended audience includes social service providers who work with relative caregivers as well as grandparents, and other relative caregivers who are seeking additional information.
Millions of children are being raised by their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, and other relative caregivers. Relative caregivers are also known as non-parental caregivers, relative caretakers, grand-families or kinship families. Some people limit the definition to relatives by blood, marriage or adoption. While extended families have always helped with childrearing, relatives are increasingly becoming the primary caregivers of their relative's children when children have been abused, neglected, or left because of a parent's death, immaturity, drug abuse, imprisonment, or illness.