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ERIC Number: ED400061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 86
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Kinship Foster Care: An Overview of Research Findings and Policy-Related Issues.
Clark, Jennifer
During the past few years, there has been a notable increase in the number of children in foster care, with foster care that is provided by relatives accounting for a substantial part of the increase. At the same time, there has been a shift in thinking in the field of child welfare, from viewing placement with a relative as a last resort to favoring placement with a relative. Despite the growth in relative-provided foster care, child welfare systems seem not to have addressed systematically such questions as whether kin caregivers should or should not be considered in the same category as unrelated foster caregivers. This paper summarizes research on kinship care and explores child welfare policy at is relates to this type of foster care. The paper begins with an overview of the topic, including a consideration of possible advantages and disadvantages of putting kinship caregivers into the same category as unrelated foster parents. Section two contains a brief history of foster care, including ethnic differences in that history. Section three focuses on several aspects of the present day foster care system that are pertinent to the topic of kinship foster care, including the overloaded child welfare system. Section four considers the ramifications of kinship foster care for children, while the ramifications of kinship foster care for the relatives involved are considered in section five. Section six illustrates the lack of consensus about who should be included in the term "kinship foster parents" and how those parents ought to be categorized. Finally, the paper offers recommendations for promoting the well-being of kinship foster parents and the children for whom they care. Three appendices include discussion of concepts, terms, and policies related to kinship care in the areas of licensure and monitoring, custody and legal rights, and funding sources for foster care. (WJC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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