Training for facilitators and professionals can be arranged through the authors.
Dr. Andrea Smith, Ph.D., LMSW and Dr. Linda Dannison, Ph.D., CFLE have over 25 years of experience working with kinship families. During this time, they have built relationships with and heard the stories of hundreds of kinship family members. Their resources and materials are used by professionals and grandparents in United States and internationally. Dr. Smith and Dr. Dannison have published in numerous professional journals and made presentations all over the world. They were twice selected as Fulbright Senior Research Specialists, working on kinship care programming in Norway and Great Britain. Dr. Smith and Dr. Dannison have served as consultants for professionals serving kinship families in varied fields, including education, mental health, social work, health care, legal services, and government. Dr. Smith and Dr. Dannison personally identify with kinship families because both of their parents were raised by grandparents. Their families today include 19 well-loved grandchildren.