The Olympic Area Agency on Aging provides a variety of services to caregivers in Pacific, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Clallam counties. The staff provides support to kinship caregivers over the age of 60 to increase their available resources as well as educate them on family law and on child welfare related issues. For more information on the Family Caregiver Support Program, contact Debbie Cool at (360) 590-0191.
Working Connections Child Care helps families who are income-eligible pay for child care expenses while the parents in the family are working, looking for work, or working and going to school. Contact local DSHS office or Help for Working Families at (877) 980-9131, or Child Care Resource and Referral at (800) 446-1114.
Relatives as Parents Program in Washington State is located at www.parenting.wsu.edu/relative/index.htm. It is a collaborative effort between DSHS and the Cooperative Extension-Washington State University. It provides information on the 38 kinship support groups in Washington, a video lending library, various media coverage on kinship care, links to other web sites and legal resources.
An excellent legal resource for grandparents is called "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Legal Guide for Washington State," which was produced by the Northwest Women's Law Center. Any grandparent can call their number at (206) 621-7691 and get a complimentary copy if they are raising a grandchild.
A "Relatives Guide to the Child Welfare Services" produced by DSHS Children's Administration can be ordered online at: www.parenting.wsu.edu/relative/index.htm.
Three of the most popular kinship care books include the following: "Grandparents as Parents: A Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family," by Sylvie de Toledo and Deborah Edler Brown; "To Grandma's House We...Stay," by Sally Houtman; "Second Time Around, Help for Grandparents Who Raise Their Children's Kids," by Joan Callander.