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What is Kinship Care?

…-honored tradition is called kinship care. Today, more than 2.7 million children in this country are in kin ... care, an increase of nearly 18 percent in a decade. There are two types of kin care: Private ... or informal kin care. These are arrangements that are made by families, with or without legal recognition ... of the caregiver’s status. Public kin care. This includes all children who have come to the attention

February 5, 2014

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How To: Creating a Kin-First Culture in Child Welfare

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…WikiHow post on kinship foster care highlights seven fundamental steps to creating a kin-first culture ... that support kin care, create a sense of urgency for kin placements, prioritize kin licensure, help children ... tools that systems can use to expand reliance on kin care, including policy documents, presentation ... a Kin First Foster Care System"" on WikiHow

September 25, 2017

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

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…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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Kinship Process Mapping - Executive Overview

Improving Practice in Kinship Care: Executive Overview

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…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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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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User’s Guide to Essential Kinship Data

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…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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Kinship Process Mapping

A Guide to Improving Practice in Kinship Care

Practice Guide

…Placing children with kin families ... the experiences of children living with kin ... instructions for documenting and assessing how you currently identify, approval and support kin families ... networks to care for and protect children who cannot safely live with their parents. This guide provides

January 1, 2013

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Self-Care Skills and Strategies for Foster Parents

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…Helping children heal from abuse or neglect is rewarding but hard. Like the children in their care ... , kin and foster parents need to find ways of experiencing strong feelings without becoming overwhelmed ... . They must also take care of themselves — physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually ... how to take care of yourself.” Tools and exercises for self-care are part of Trauma Systems

November 20, 2017

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Select Adoption Statistics for Kids in Foster Care

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…In recognition of National Foster Care Month, the KIDS COUNT Data Center is highlighting key child ... welfare data on the site. In 2015, nearly 112,000 kids were in foster care waiting to be adopted ... of relatives adopting children in foster care has increased 31% since 2011. Explore more child welfare data ... — at the national and state level — in the KIDS COUNT Data Center. Children in foster care

May 16, 2017

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What Kinship Families Need to Help Kids Thrive

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…with relatives when their parents cannot care for them. Research shows many benefits of kinship care.   ... ;Compared to children in the general foster care population, for example, kids in kinship care are better ... , neglect and separation from their parents. Kin caregivers are often under pressure: They tend to have ... often they are unaware of financial and other benefits that help children in their care heal

December 6, 2013

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