"I think empathy and connection go a long way! These relative caregivers often feel isolated and alone in their situations. Our support groups allow relative caregivers to connect with other families like theirs so they know they are not alone. To have their concerns and experiences validated by other families in the same situation is powerful. Being willing to go above and beyond your duties to assist these caregivers goes a long way as well, helping them fill out applications, connecting them directly to a resource rather than just handing them a pamphlet helps to make referrals successful."

Family Voices United member, Shawntae, shares her thoughts on supporting relatives in navigating resources and services for the children they are raising.