Kinship Resources

What is Kinship Care?

A number of grandparents and other relatives (including aunts, uncles, older siblings and great-grandparents) find themselves serving as parents for children whose own parents are unable to care for them. Sometimes, the arrangement (referred to as "kinship care") is an informal, private arrangement between the parents and relative caregivers; in other situations, the Department of Human Services is involved. Kinship care can also include non-relatives such as godparents, stepparents, family-friends or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child.


Facts about Kinship Care


Support for Kinship Caregivers

Kinship families can become a member of IFAPA for free! To become a member, please email your name and address to: and you will receive our Weekly Word e-newsletter with helpful tips for parents, as well as information on any event.  You will also be eligible to participate in our free trainings..

Courses for Kinship Parents

IFAPA offers a wide variety of free parenting courses which are available to any kinship caregiver. View IFAPA's Current Courses




IFAPA Kinship Sheet
This flyer provides a general overview of kinship care and how IFAPA can support kinship caregivers. VIEW FLYER 

Raising Relatives' Children Booklet
This guidebook was created to help Iowa kinship caretakers navigate the DHS and
Juvenile Court systems when they are caring for a relative’s child. The booklet includes information on the different types of care a kinship caretaker can provide, financial assistance programs, community resources, and questions to ask DHS when considering a kinship placement. This booklet also includes information on children's issues, family concerns, respite, educational issues, raising children of
color, talking with children about their parents and much more helpful information.

IFAPA produces many other helpful publications for foster, adoptive and kinship parents. To view these publications, click on the following links:
IFAPA Lifebook Pages
IFAPA Newsletters
IFAPA Publications

Grand Resources: A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities
Generations United developed this GUIDE to equip caregivers, including those that provide full and part-time care to relative children, with the national resources they need to help their children thrive, now and in the future. In addition to the guide, Generations United has developed a RESOURCE DIRECTORY that serves as a companion piece to the guide and provides a detailed list of the quality services, resources, information, and advocacy tools vital for children with disabilities.


Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers

Important Phone Numbers for Foster Families Form
Local Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers
Iowa Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers
National Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers


Other Kinship Links / Resources

American Bar Association - Kinship Care Legal Research Center
Judical Tip Sheet - Kin First (Keeping Families Together)
A Resource Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Child in Oregon
Children's Defense Fund
Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center - Grandparents Caring for Grandkids Forum - When You're a Parent Again - The Grandparents Rights to Legal Resources
Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Iowa Department of Elder Affairs
Western Michigan University - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
University of Wisconsin Extension - Grandparenting Today (Over 100 Fact Sheets)


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