The Ties That Bind -- Training for Caregivers

Note: The Ties That Bind -- Training for Caregivers program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: Grandparents raising grandchildren whose parents struggle with substance abuse

Program Overview

The Children of Alcoholics Foundation has created The Ties That Bind which is a training curriculum for caregivers focusing on parental substance abuse and the impact it has on kinship families. The program utilizes lecture, small group discussion, and activities designed to be facilitated by a professional with a group of kinship caregivers in a support group setting or independently. The program is designed to:

  • Teach participants basic information about alcohol and other drug addiction
  • Promote discussion of substance abuse related issues with children
  • Provide strategies to cope with the behavioral and emotional issues children in kinship care may present
  • Help caregivers be supportive of parent/child relationships
  • Encourage utilization of available support resources
  • Promote improved relationships between caregivers and birthparents

The topics that are covered in this curriculum include:

  • An overview of kinship care and parental substance abuse
  • Introduction to alcohol, other drugs, and addiction
  • Caregiver feelings
  • Understanding and supporting the child
  • Talking about substance abuse with children
  • Caregiver relationships with birthparents
  • Maintaining a safe home
  • Supporting the parent-child relationship
  • Accessing support

Education and Training

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for The Ties That Bind -- Training for Caregivers.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for The Ties That Bind -- Training for Caregivers.

Contact Information

Kim Sumner-Mayer
Title: Kinship Care Outreach Manager
Phone: (646) 505-2063

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2017