ERIC Number: ED475971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Foster Children Placed with Relatives Often Receive Less Government Help: New Federalism Issues and Options for States. An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies, Series A.
Over the past 15 years, child welfare agencies have begun to rely increasingly on relatives or people who have close emotional bonds to an abused or neglected child to act as foster parents. Today, almost all child welfare agencies consider kin the first placement choice when foster care is needed, and approximately one third of all children in foster care are kinship placements. Kin are often not "prepared" to care for children, however. Unlike traditional foster parents, kinship caregivers typically have not been licensed or trained as foster parents, typically have no experience with child welfare agencies, and are more likely to be single, poorer, older, have less formal education, and be in poorer health than non-kin foster parents. This policy brief examines how local child welfare agencies serve kinship foster care families, and confirms that, despite the greater needs of kinship caregivers, they are offered fewer services than non-kin foster parents, they request fewer services of caseworkers, and they face barriers to accessing services. The brief identifies a number of reasonssome related to caseworkers, some to kinship caregivers, and others to agency policiesthat explain why kin often do not receive needed services. Findings in the brief are based on intensive case studies of local kinship care policies and frontline practices conducted by the Urban Institute during the Spring and Summer of 2001 in 13 counties in 4 states: Alabama, California, Connecticut, and Indiana. (HTH)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Caseworkers, Child Welfare, Family Needs, Foster Care, Foster Family
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.