The Kinship Care blog will be moving into a new more active resource for kinship caregivers, service providers, and researchers by providing updates as information comes our way. We suggest kinship interested folks check the site regularly for new information as the year goes on. Our best wishes to all of you who work so hard on an issue that is often neglected in the mainstream of human services. To send information regarding your announcements either comment or send to email@example.com . Current updates:
DRUG ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SURVEY AVAILABLE
Kinship care is often the consequence of substance abuse and/or mental illness of parents. A valuable survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now available. Check the website for more information: http://oas.samhsa.gov/nsduhLatest.htm . The two reports of important use for researchers and grant writers in this field are:
National Findings Report with national trends and estimates of rates of use, numbers of users, and other measures related to illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products.
Mental Health Findings presents national estimates of the prevalence of past-year mental health disorders and past-year mental health service utilization for youth age 12 to 17 and adults age 18 or older.
ILLINOIS POWER OF ATTORNEY WEBINAR JANUARY 27
Advanced Directives: Understanding options & pitfalls for persons authorizing others to act on their behalves, Webinar Thursday, January 27, 2011, 3pm to 4:30 pm CST
Space is limited. Reserve for the Webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/866758576
Presented by the Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. to discuss sever case studies involving the Powers of Attorney as tools for good or abuse.
MICHIGAN COALITION OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
A major collaborative body that works diligently for children and families in Michigan will hold its annual meeting March 15 in Lansing near the Capitol. Participants are asked to make the date and plan time to meet with legislators after the meeting. To get on the mailing list for more information contact Jane Zehnder-Merrell of the Michigan League for Human Seervices, firstname.lastname@example.org .
More to come as we all get used to this method of sharing information. For now, take care of yourselves and the children.