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Welfare Reform and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

By Faith Mullen

Recently enacted federal welfare reform legislation will make it more difficult for grandparents to obtain public benefits on behalf of the grandchildren in their care. This article addresses some of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act's provisions that are likely to have significant consequences for grandparents raising grandchildren.

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Kinship Caregiving

Law and Policy

By Laurie Hanson & Irene Opsahl

Kinship caregiving, the provision of residential care and support to a child by someone other than the child's parents, involves many issues and requires practitioners to be knowledgeable about several areas of law. This article describes the types of legal relationships available to kinship caregivers and their kin and the consequences of each type with respect to public benefits and foster care.

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