Grandparents with children

Basic Needs

Many kinship families run into challenges with meeting the basic needs of their household because of the increased demands on their time, money, and efforts. These basic needs include things such as food, housing, or child care.

In many Michigan communities you can dial "2-1-1" on your phone to connect to an information and referral service through the United Way. A local operator can help you find resources that are specific to your area. Some communities do not yet have "2-1-1". For caregivers in those areas, another phone service may be available for assistance with basic needs. Please see for information specific to your area.