Welcome to the Kinship Care Resource Center!

Are you a grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or other family member raising a relative’s child? Are you a service provider that works with kinship families?

While kinship care is often a rewarding experience for both the child and their relative caregiver it can also come with many challenges. The Kinship Care Resource Center can help.

The Kinship Care Resource Center (KCRC) is a non-profit organization through the School of Social Work at Michigan State University that serves kinship families across the state of Michigan. Kinship care is the full time care, nurturing and protection of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child (Child Welfare League of America, 2011).

Through our Kinship Care Navigators, the KCRC strives to ensure that all current and prospective kinship caregivers are supported and connected with resources and services that they need to ensure the well-being of the children they are raising and to care for themselves. The KCRC also utilizes research to provide education and outreach for communities, agencies, and individuals involved in supporting kinship families.

Read more about the KCRC and its history or more about the statewide services we provide.

The Kinship Care Resource Center is pleased to announce a series of webinar trainings for kinship caregivers.

We are partnering with the Department of Homeland Security to help caregivers navigate the internet and social media with their children. The second virtual training with Chance at Childhood will focus on understanding the legal issues that come up for kinship caregivers. The MSU Extension will offer two parenting trainings covering trauma and resiliency, along with the difficult topic of discipline.

We hope that you will consider joining one, two or all four of these trainings:

  • June 24th at 6pm: Internet Safety and Navigating Social Media (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
  • July 15th at 6pm: Kinship Care Families: An Overview of Your Legal Rights, Responsibilities, and Options (Chance at Childhood at MSU)
  • July 29th at 6pm: The Resilience Toolbox (MSU Extension)
  • August 12th at 6pm: Positive Discipline (MSU Extension)

Please register here. Once you register, you will receive the webinar link to join the training(s). If you have any difficulty registering, please contact the Kinship Care Resource Center at 800-535-1218 or kinship@msu.edu.

Funding support for these trainings comes from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Please call 800-535-1218 for assistance