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Why Caregivers?
Children need caregivers for varied reasons. Some have short term caregivers while their parents complete drug or alcohol treatment or cope with a lengthy illness or jail time, whereas other children have long term caregivers because their parents are deceased, deported, homeless. Custody issues can fall into either short term or long term caregiving situations. Family members who step in to care for children are called Relative or Kinship Caregivers.

Types of Caregivers – This link is a brief description on the types of caregivers (Relative or Kinship may be any one of these.)

Informal Caregivers

Probate Court Legal Guardians

Foster Caregivers

Adoptive Parents

What are the legal differences?

What benefits are available? Part 1Part 2

Resources for all caregivers

Birth Parents

Foster Parents

Adoptive Parents

Additional Info:

Top sites for further reading on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome:
Drinking and Pregnancy Shows Up in Child’s Growth http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_128278.html
Top sites for further reading on Prenatal Substance Exposure:
Prenatal Exposure Deemed Child Abuse http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/whatiscan.cfm
National Allegiance for Drug Endangered Children http://www.nationaldec.org
For Further Reading on Childhood Trauma:
Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children http://www.childtrauma.org/images/stories/Articles/attcar4_03_v2_r.pdf
Latest News:
Cognitive Changes May Be Only Sign of Fetal Alcohol Exposure(07/23/2012, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Parent’s Guide to Caring for a Child with FAS(Wake Forest University, School of Medicine, Organization of Teratology Information Specialists) – PDF
Advocation of In-Utero Steroidal Drug Use Violates Women’s Rights in Every Way Imaginablehttp://bigkingken.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/advocation-of-in-utero-steroidal-drug-use-violates-womens-rights-in-every-way-imaginable/
Hospital Seeing More Babies Born Exposed to Prescription Drugs http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/28/health/drug-babies/index.html