Kinship Care

The separation of children from their parents is a traumatic experience for children. Everything possible should be done to keep children with the people who know and care about them best: their family. There are many benefits to placing children with relatives or other kinship caregivers. Doing so can reduce the trauma children experience from being placed with strangers, reinforce the child’s cultural identity, and maintain family and community connections. Research demonstrates that children placed with kin experience increased stability, improved well-being and behavioral health outcomes, and higher levels of permanency over children placed with strangers.

There has been a shift in many child welfare agencies to redesign policies and practices to prioritize kin placement and make it the norm, not the exception. In cases where children need to be removed from their homes, a “kin-first” child welfare agency will seek to make the first placement — and hopefully only placement — with kin, not strangers.

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How did Allegheny County advance a kin-first approach?

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What are kinship navigator programs?

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How can we ensure a child’s first placement is with family?

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Please explore the related resources below and at Questions from the Field to learn more about how to create a kin-first agency.

Related Resources

This brief highlights strategies that Georgia and New York employed to develop and fund their kinship navigator programs.

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This strategy brief discusses the core elements of effective family search and engagement and highlights a number of effective approaches.

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This webinar highlights the opportunity to submit comments on FFPSA’s National Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards.

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This bright spot describes how Georgia and Alabama created a border agreement to expedite placement of children with kin across state lines.

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Learn about a program that has demonstrated compelling results in improving child behaviors and reducing foster care placement disruption.

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This brief highlights strategies that Georgia and New York employed to develop and fund their kinship navigator programs.

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This strategy brief discusses the core elements of effective family search and engagement and highlights a number of effective approaches.

READ STORY

This webinar highlights the opportunity to submit comments on FFPSA’s National Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards.

READ STORY

This bright spot describes how Georgia and Alabama created a border agreement to expedite placement of children with kin across state lines.

READ STORY

Learn about a program that has demonstrated compelling results in improving child behaviors and reducing foster care placement disruption.

READ STORY

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