1st Edition

Tradition and Policy Perspectives in Kinship Care

Edited By Rowena G. Wilson, Sandra Edmonds Crewe Copyright 2007
    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    Kinship care is part tradition and part social welfare policy. Tradition and Policy Perspectives in Kinship Care examines the balance of the two perspectives and presents current practice challenges of formal and informal kinship care. This important resource focuses on both the needs of the caregiver as well as the impact of kinship care on children. Public policy issues related to kinship care are discussed in detail. This insightful book explores this crucial issue through the lens of social workers who fully understand the strengths and challenges of kinship care.

    Tradition and Policy Perspectives in Kinship Care discusses this issue from both micro and macro levels, explaining the outcomes of kinship based on variables such as the youth’s and parent’s outlook for the future, performance in school, welfare reform, domestic violence, respite care, spirituality, and involvement of nonbiological relatives. The book then focuses on the subject of grandparents as caregivers, examining their coping resources, effectiveness of programs serving them, and recommended changes to services to enhance their well-being.

    Topics in Tradition and Policy Perspectives in Kinship Care include:

    • study examining the future outlook in African American kinship care families
    • the effect of family disruption on a child’s educational performance
    • the impact of the Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF) legislation and future policy
    • links between domestic violence and kinship care
    • the role of spirituality and religion in kinship care
    • a study on the needs of biological parents
    • the impact of a grandparent’s parenting responsibilities on his or her psychological well-being
    • intergenerational communication
    • kinship care in public housing
    • examination of the factors that influence kinship care provided by African American grandfathers
    • AARP study of grandparents raising grandchildren in the District of Columbia
    • the KinNET project funded by the Children’s Bureau for a national support network for kinship care providers
    Tradition and Policy Perspectives in Kinship Care is an invaluable resource for social workers, counselors, child welfare agency administrators and practitioners, educators, and graduate students.

    • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
    • Kinship Care: From Family Tradition to Social Policy in the African American Community (Sandra Edmonds Crewe and Rowena Grice Wilson)
    • Future Outlook in African American Kinship Care Families (Jacqueline Smith and Anniglo Boone)
    • Kinship Care Placement and Children’s Academic Performance (Sherin A. Shearin)
    • Child Only Kinship Care Cases: The Unintended Consequences of TANF Policies for Families Who Have Health Problems and Disabilities (Ruby M. Gourdine)
    • Domestic Violence and Kinship Care: Connecting Policy with Practice (Tricia B. Bent-Goodley and Kesslyn Brade)
    • Respite Care: Outcomes for Kinship and Non-Kinship Caregivers (Sandra Owens-Kane)
    • Kinship and Spirituality: Utilizing Strengths of Caregivers (Claudia Lawrence-Webb and Joshua N. Okundaye)
    • Biological Relatives: Forgotten Caregivers (Karie A. Gaska and Sandra Edmonds Crewe)
    • Coping Resources: Effects on the Psychological Well-Being of African American Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Vivian R. Moore and Sheila D. Miller)
    • Grandparents Communicating with Grandchildren: Fostering Intergenerational Understanding (Cheryl E. Waites)
    • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Kinship Care in Baltimore Public Housing (Samuel B. Little)
    • Grandfathers Raising Grandchildren: An Exploration of African American Kinship Networks (Karen Bullock)
    • Different Pathways to a Common Destiny: Grandparent Caregivers in the District of Columbia (Sandra Edmonds Crewe)
    • KinNET: A Demonstration Project for a National Support Network for Kinship Care Providers (Carrie Jefferson Smith and Deborah J. Monahan)
    • Epilog—Kinship Care: Practice and Policy Implications
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Rowena G. Wilson, DSW, is Professor and Acting Director of Graduate Studies at The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, Norfolk State University, Virginia. Dr. Wilson is among the nation’s leading social work educators and scholars, having served on various national boards and committees including the CSWE Commission on Administrative and Legislative Policy, the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work and Research, and the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research. Dr. Wilson is a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Dr. Wilson has also served as principle investigator and program evaluator for funded research projects in special needs adoption, post legal adoption services, and TANF services.

    Sandra Edmonds Crewe, DSW, is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for student affairs at the Howard University School of Social Work in Washington, DC. Dr. Crewe also serves as Director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Social Gerontology at Howard University. Her research and published work focuses primarily on aging, caregiving, and kinship care. Prior to joining Howard University, she held executive level positions in several public housing authorities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She continues to be a trainer for the National Association for Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), where specializes in resident leadership training. She has received a number of awards for public and community service, including Social Worker of the Year.