Grief is an inevitable part of life and impacts people across the lifespan, including the most vulnerable. Childhood grief and loss may require special attention because a child’s developmental age can impact their response. Clinical assessment can be most helpful to determine the appropriate level of care.
Children are being raised by relatives when parents are unable to do so with increasing frequency. Most kincare families are dealing with multiple practical and mental health issues. All experience disruptions in attachment and many have endured traumatic separations and losses. Ambiguous or unresolved loss is the most frequent type and is often accompanied by uncertainty as well as stigma. It affects kincare families as a result of parental substance abuse, incarceration, mental or medical illness, abandonment, abuse and neglect.
This webinar will focus on the increasing prevalence of grandparents and other kin caregivers who are raising children when parents are unable to do so. It will address their critical role, the challenges involved and how providers can work collaboratively to establish mutually agreed upon goals, develop strategies to overcome obstacles and promote successful outcomes.