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ERIC Number: EJ798248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
"We Have No Rights, We Get No Help:" The Legal and Policy Dilemmas Facing Grandparent Caregivers
Letiecq, Bethany L.; Bailey, Sandra J.; Porterfield, Fonda
Journal of Family Issues, v29 n8 p995-1012 2008
Guided by an ecological perspective on family policy, this qualitative study used family life history interviews to document the legal and policy dilemmas faced by 26 grandparent caregivers residing in Montana. Most grandparents (n = 18) were caring for their grandchildren in informal or private care arrangements. Findings revealed four legal or policy contexts that hindered informal grandparent caregiving, including the lack of a kinship care navigation system, the lack of legal rights, fear of the child welfare system, and disparities between informal and formal kinship care policies. Future policy directions, including expanding subsidized guardianship programs and granting informal grandparent caregivers' legal authority over their grandchildren, are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Montana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families