Training Series: Coping With the Unique Challenges of Kinship Care

…Challenges of Kinship Care — as a resource for kin caregivers and the child welfare workers who ... ;conflicting emotions that surface when kin step up to care for relatives when parents can’t." Coping ... More than 139,000 children in foster care are living in kinship placements with thousands more ... are in informal kinship care arrangements. As child welfare systems increasingly prioritize placing children

October 15, 2018

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A Guide to Support the Implementation of Foster Care Beyond 18

Questions and Answers, Summary of Federal Fostering Connections Guidance and Perspectives from the Field

…extended foster care in their state. It is a product of Success Beyond 18, a national campaign by the Jim ... are transitioning from foster care to adulthood. ... What states must do, per federal requirements, when extending foster care services. ... Policy excerpts that tell how states are addressing key issues related to extended care.

March 1, 2014

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Every Kid Needs a Family: Putting Kin First in Washington, D.C.

…When young people come into the care of the child welfare system and cannot live with their own ... the child close to home in every sense. Called kinship foster care, this living arrangement helps keep ... , especially teens, spend their very first night in the care of child welfare  in such a setting, even ... have recognized that when they make a greater effort to find relatives or close family friends to care

May 19, 2015

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Does Your Child Welfare Agency Divert Children to Kin?

Guide to Using the Kinship Diversion Estimation Tool

…to kin. It includes step-by-step instructions, survey screenshots, sample emails and more so ... discussions and decisions related to kin diversion practices. ... Without understanding the key aspects of kin diversion — such as when, why, how often

August 5, 2019

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Kinship Process Mapping - Executive Overview

Improving Practice in Kinship Care: Executive Overview

…of the kinship care system: Identifying kin, approving kin, and supporting kin. ... to Improving Practice in Kinship Care.  The overview is intended to educate decision makers in public ... kinship care practices. ... The barriers to providing kinship care.

January 1, 2013

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User's Guide to Essential Kinship Data

…This guide identifies several types of data that an agency seeking to understand their kinship care ... living with kin as a result of child welfare intervention ... Through efforts to help several jurisdictions improve kinship care, the Annie E. Casey Foundation ... their kinship care system should collect.

January 1, 2013

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More Children in Foster Care Raised by Relatives in 2011

…In 2011, there were about 400,000 children in foster care. Of these, 47% were placed in nonrelative ... foster homes, 27% with state-supervised kin and 14% in group homes or institutions. Data show states ... are relying on kinship care at a much higher rate than in the past. In fact, over the last decade ... , the percentage of children living with state-supervised kin rose by 8%, while the use of group homes declined

May 1, 2013

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What is Kinship Care?

…Kinship care is when relatives step up to raise children when their parents can’t care ... for them for the time being. Today, nearly 2.7 million children are in kinship care in the United States ... . If you were raised by a grandparent, an aunt or a close friend, you were raised under kinship care ... definition of kinship care, but there are three sometimes overlapping categories: Private or informal

April 27, 2020

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