As a relative caregiver, you have to learn how to navigate transitioning from your role as a child’s relative to a new parenting role. For some families, this is a rather smooth transition; for many others, though, this can be a challenging change for everyone involved.
You are not alone.
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The Kinship Navigator Portal can be used by any relative caregiver throughout the state to identify services and resources available to them based on their specific caregiving situation. Caregivers will be asked to answer a set of questions specific to their situation, and based on those answers, they will be provided with an array of information about their eligibility for various programs. You can also download the Kinship Navigator Guidebook (PDF).
UPDATED Wisconsin KinFACTS Information
As a relative caregiver, you are learning how to navigate the transition from your role as the child’s relative to your role as that child’s parent. We have created a free learning path in the Champion Classrooms filled with webinars specifically for those caring for a relative’s child. We hope you find the webinars informative and helpful as you help the kids in your care heal and thrive.
- The Changing Role of Caregivers: Grandparents
- Getting Started as a Relative Caregiver
- Navigating Family Relationships as a Relative Caregiver
- The Emotional Journey of Relative Caregiving
Relative Caregiving Virtual Resource Kit
A dramatic change may occur in families when a relative is called on to care for a child in need. There is often little notice and little time to prepare for this experience. Parenting a relative’s child is a unique caregiving role; it impacts the dynamics of the immediate and extended family. We designed this kit to offer links to services, resources, and perspectives that will help the relative caregiver navigate their new role.
The No Matter What Families YouTube channel is created and maintained by the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. It is designed to encourage families to seek help and support when they feel hopeless and alone. The website features real stories from real people, ultimately providing inspiration to help struggling families make connections that will help build their strength and resilience.
- Kinship Brings Change: Parenting can happen fast. Just ask Tiffany and Pennie, who quickly became caregivers to Tiffany’s 14-year-old nephew with very little notice or preparation. In this No Matter What Families video, they talk about the challenges and experiences they had providing kinship care.
- How Parenting Again Changed Our Lives: When Pam and her husband were asked to care for their grandchildren, they didn’t hesitate to say yes. In this video, Pam shares how that decision has changed their lives for the better.
Resources in Wisconsin
- Bureau of Aging & Long-Term Care Resources: Access point to a variety of information on programs and services in Wisconsin for older people and caregivers
- FoodShare Wisconsin: Provides extra food dollars to people with limited financial resources (800-362-3002)
- From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Guide to Applying for Wisconsin’s Health, Nutrition, and Other Programs
- Home Energy Plus: Provides information about Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance and Wisconsin’s Weatherization Programs available to households with limited income (866-432-8947)
- Kids Matter, Inc.
- Kinship Care Coordinators in Wisconsin
- The University of Wisconsin Extension has a comprehensive, up-to-date list of resources for grandparents that has links to county, state, and national resources. You can also find links to academic studies and a teaching resource.
- Grandparenting Today A listing of all resources and helpful tip sheets on the website.
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Through the Eyes of a Child (Fact Sheets)
- Wisconsin Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Network
- Wisconsin BadgerCare+: An insurance program for all children (up to age 19) who do not currently have access to health insurance, pregnant women, parents, caretakers, and foster families with limited financial resources (800-362-3002)
- Wisconsin DCF Kinship Care Program: An overview of the state kinship care program with contact information for each county’s Kinship Care Coordinator(s)
- Wisconsin Shares: Child Care Subsidy Program (W-2 Child Care) helps eligible parents pay for childcare (888-713-5437)
- Wisconsin WIC Program: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which provides supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition and breastfeeding information, and referral to other health and nutritional services (800-722-2295)
National Websites, Resources, And Support Organizations
- AARP Grandfacts: A State Fact Sheet for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children: A list of county and regional programs and support groups can be found in this comprehensive resource
- Casey Family Programs Kinship Care Resources
- Child Welfare Information Gateway – Kinship Care and the Child Welfare System
- Generations United
- Relevant Training for Kin Caregivers & Those That Work With Them
- Raising Your Grandchildren
- Supporting Your LGBTQ+ Grandchild
- UW Extension’s list of national resources