Services We Provide

The Kinship Care Resource Center is one of several community programs in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. The KCRC serves kinship care families across the state by providing information and referrals to resources and services for caregivers and the children they are raising. KCRC also offers support to professionals serving kinship families.

Our services include:

  • Information and referral assistance from Kinship Care Navigators to connect caregivers and service providers to resources to support kinship families
  • Contact list of local supports across the state and a calendar with their meeting information
  • Trainings, workshops and other events for kinship caregivers, service providers, policymakers and others
  • Resources with helpful information for kinship caregivers, service providers and researchers
  • Respite care funds for kinship caregivers ages 55 or older in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, and Washtenaw counties

New in Washtenaw County: Educational Technology Support
The Kinship Care Resource Center is pleased to announce that with the support and partnership of the Area Agency on Aging Region 1-B, funds are available to provide the following educational supports for eligible kinship families, where caregivers are 55 or older and are residents of Washtenaw County:

  • Online educational programming fees
  • Workbooks or other supplies for schooling at home
  • Chromebooks, tablets, or laptops for educational purposes

The Kinship Care Resource Center is pleased to announce a series of webinar trainings for kinship caregivers.

We are partnering with the Department of Homeland Security to help caregivers navigate the internet and social media with their children. The second virtual training with Chance at Childhood will focus on understanding the legal issues that come up for kinship caregivers. The MSU Extension will offer two parenting trainings covering trauma and resiliency, along with the difficult topic of discipline.

We hope that you will consider joining one, two or all four of these trainings:

  • June 24th at 6pm: Internet Safety and Navigating Social Media (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
  • July 15th at 6pm: Kinship Care Families: An Overview of Your Legal Rights, Responsibilities, and Options (Chance at Childhood at MSU)
  • July 29th at 6pm: The Resilience Toolbox (MSU Extension)
  • August 12th at 6pm: Positive Discipline (MSU Extension)

Please register here. Once you register, you will receive the webinar link to join the training(s). If you have any difficulty registering, please contact the Kinship Care Resource Center at 800-535-1218 or kinship@msu.edu.

Funding support for these trainings comes from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Register now