Caregiver Support

Are you a caregiver?

Many people who care for a loved one, friend, or neighbor don’t think of themselves as caregivers, but if you routinely …

  • bring food to a friend or family member
  • listen to and reassure them
  • drive them to appointments
  • help with chores
  • pay their bills
  • run errands for them
  • help with yard work
  • fix their leaky faucets
  • organize their medications so they can be safe

… then you are a caregiver.

Caregivers have access to many resources that can help them care for a family member or loved one while maintaining their own quality of life. One size definitely does not fit all. Our specialists tailor support services to the unique needs of unpaid caregivers ranging from kinship care support for grandparents (age 60+) caring for relatives, to support for caregivers caring for persons age 18 and over.

Services may include:

  • Referrals to local support groups, counseling, and other resources
  • Training on specific caregiving topics
  • Advice on use of supplies and equipment
  • Practical information and caregiving suggestions
  • Respite care, if you need a break

Visit the Community Living Connections for information about free consultations and services, or ask to be connected to a caregiver specialist. [brochure]

If you are in a crisis situation right now, contact:

Crisis Connections
Caregiver Information and Assistance Line: 206-436-2975

Kinship Care

Are you raising a grandchild or other young family member because his or her parents are unable to do so? If so, you are not alone. In King County, 18,000 grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and others are raising younger family members. Statewide, nearly twice as many people are raising a relative’s child. Nationally, almost eight million children live with their grandparents, and 2.5 million grandparents have assumed responsibility for raising their grandchild.

Kinship care is an alternative to foster care. Whether temporary or permanent, a large number of people take care of a child in order to alleviate family stress and do what they think is best for the child. But taking care of anyone—of any age—can cause a great deal of emotional stress and strain.

Fortunately, help is available. In King County, kinship caregivers can contact any of the following programs for information about childcare, financial and legal issues, and ways to manage stress. A good place to start is the Kinship Care Navigator—with services provided by Catholic Community Services of Western Washington and the Central Area Senior Center.

Kinship Navigator Program

Other Local Resources


Several of the DSHS brochures listed above are available in other languages. To check availability, visit DSHS Kinship Publications.