Grootmoeders in kayamandi se ervaring van familie-pleegsorg
An exploratory study with a descriptive design has been used in order to gain a better understanding of the experience of grandmothers as kinship caregiver (family foster parent) for their grandchildren. The increase in the number of grandmothers who are acting as kinship caregivers, as well as the shortage of indigenous literature on this phenomenon in South Africa, were the motivation for the study. The aim of the study is to provide some guidelines to social workers for service rendering to these grandmothers and foster children. The study presents a profile of the grandmother as kinship caregiver as well as the foster child in Kayamandi. The findings of the study show that the experiences of the grandmother as kinship caregiver are marked with mixed feelings, but are overall a positive experience. The recommendations focus mainly on grandmothers' need for social and material support.