Child welfare agencies across the country rely on grandparents and other relatives to care for children who cannot remain safely with their parents. This report explores the practice of "kinship diversion" in which children are placed with relatives as an alternative to foster care.  Different perspectives about whether kinship diversion is a good or bad practice are offered.  The report concludes that child welfare agencies should more thoroughly explore their kinship diversion practices to ensure they adequately meet the needs of children, their parents and kinship caregivers.

January 1, 2013

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What is currently known about the practice and extent of kinship diversion practice.

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    Different perspectives about whether kinship diversion is an appropriate child welfare practice for children who can't live safely with their parents.

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    Introduction of the idea of a "supported diversion" approach which presents a middle ground in the diversion debate.

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    Critical components of an effective kinship care.

Key Takeaway

Little is currently understood about the kinship diversion practice

Some child welfare stakeholders consider kinship diversion to be a good practice because it offers a safe, less intrusive alternative to the bureaucratic complexities of foster care, while others worry that too many children are diverted to live with relatives without appropriate safeguards and services for children, parents and caregivers.

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