Grandparent and Relative Caregiver Resources

Kinship Care refers to the care of children by grandparents and other relatives.  Relatives are the preferred resource for children who must be removed from their birth parents because it maintains the children's connections with their families.  Kinship care may be formal and involve a training and licensure process for the caregivers or it may be informal and involve only an assessment process to ensure the safety and suitability of the home.  In all these situations, additional support is helpful when children are moved to relatives' homes.  Below are some programs and agencies that can help. 


Local Resources


Wisconsin Kinship Care Program 

This program, located in every county and tribe in Wisconsin, offers a monthly payment to help qualified kinship families support the children they are caring for.  Find your local Kinship Care Coordinator and more information about this program.


National Family Caregiver Support Program 

Every county and tribe in Wisconsin has programs to support caregivers.  On this website, you can locate your local Aging & Disability Resource Center and/or Aging Unit to be connected to caregiver support programs in your area.


Milwaukee Area

Kids Matter Inc.

Our motto defines who we are and what we do. Every child needs someone in their corner.  It is best if that someone is the child’s parent. But what about the one in ten children in America today who are raised without either parent in the home?  We are here to help all of the relatives, friends and neighbors who are stepping in to keep children safe and cared for.


SaintA- Milwaukee 
This Foster & Kinship Navigation Program offers supportive services to families; both relative caregivers and foster parents utilizing the five pillars (health, education, housing, caring connections, and employment) and trauma-informed framework. The work with families is to help aid in placement stability and to help find permanence for children.  The Foster & Kinship Navigation program offers Relative Caregiver Support Groups which are held several times throughout the year.  For more information, contact Nikeyah Flagg, Foster & Kinship Navigation Supervisor


The Parenting Network- Milwaukee

The Parenting Network provides evidence-based education and support to anyone in a caregiving role. Many services are free, voluntary, confidential, and easily accessible. For more information contact the Parent Helpline,  414.671.0566,, or visit the website: 


Dane County

The Rainbow Project Child & Family Counseling & Resource Clinic

Rainbow Project provides restorative healing and hope for young children and their families who have experienced trauma, helping them build a foundation for the mastery of life-sustaining skills. The Rainbow Project Staff have experience working with a variety of culturally and economically diverse populations.  Grandparents & Other Relatives as Parents program provides monthly support and education group; quarterly newsletter; and child development and management resources.  Contact Serena Breining, Group Facilitator, at for more information.


Statewide Resources


Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families

The Coalition offers tools and resources to help foster and adoptive families create a network of support through webinars, newsletters, informational tip sheets, a free lending library and more.


FoodShare Wisconsin

This program provides extra food dollars to people with limited financial resources.


Kinship Navigator Portal
This resource is designed to help you find resources to help you with medical care, support payments, and more for the children in your care. 


Kinship Navigator Training for Relative Caregivers 
This video features stories of three Wisconsin kinship families to highlight common feelings and challenges associated with raising relatives' children, as well as available resources that can help families like yours.


Respite Care Association of Wisconsin

RCAW promotes, supports, and expands quality statewide respite care across the lifespan.  This non-profit association offers grant programs to support family caregivers and free training for respite care providers.


Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support Program

This program offers resources such as a support group and mental health professionals directory, toll-free telephone support, newsletter, educational opportunities and other supports for adoptive and other families.  Managed by Catholic Charities.


2021 Virtual Events for Wisconsin's Relative Caregiver Families (sponsored by WI Adoption & Permanency Support)

Join other relatives or grandparents caring for children for a live, video check-in to socially connect and discuss topics related to relative caregiving.  Morning Group:  4th Thursday/month at 11:00 am or Evening Group:  3rd Wednesday/month at 6:00 pm.  Click on the link above for details and registration.

Wisconsin Shares

This Child Care Subsidy Program (W-2 Child Care) helps eligible parents and guardians pay for a portion of child care while working.


National Resources


AARP Grandparenting
This site provides a Guide for GrandFamilies that offers tips, tools, and resources to the services and support needed to take care of yourself and your family.


Brookdale Foundation Relatives As Parents Program

This program encourages and promotes the creation or expansion of services for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting due to the absence of the parents.


Generations United 
This organization works to support grandfamilies and intergenerational communities through public policies, collaborations, and programs.