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Grandfamilies State Law & Policy Resource Center

Casey Family Programs, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, and Generations United have partnered to create the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center, found at www.grandfamilies.org. This website educates caregivers, legislators, advocates, policymakers, and attorneys on state laws and legislation in support of grandfamilies. The easy-to-use database allows for a search of laws and legislation that address common legal questions surrounding relative caregiving both within and outside the child welfare system. Each topic is analyzed and accompanied by a story to show key concepts. In addition, there is a list of related resources to learn more. In the future, the site will expand to include state policies, regulations, and best practices. Technical assistance and training is also available.

In addition, there is a new webpage dedicated to the exciting new child welfare and foster care law, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. The bill is a significant recognition of the contribution grandparents and other relatives make in raising the nation’s children. On this page you can find everything you will need to know about what the new law will mean for you, whether you are a caregiver, child advocate, or child welfare professional.

Currently you can find several summaries of the legislation, including a fact sheet on what the new law means for relative caregivers. More information will be added shortly on all the different provisions of the bill and the steps you can take to help implement the new law in your state.

Technical assistance and training are available. For more information, contact Ken Bryson at kbryson@gu.org or Heidi Redlich Epstein at redlichh@staff.abanet.org.