Brief Finding Permanent Homes for Foster Children
Issues Raised by Kinship Care
Rob Geen
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Kinship care has a far-reaching impact on child welfare agencies' permanency planning efforts and the permanency outcomes of foster children. While long-term foster care is discouraged, workers feel much less urgency to terminate parental rights, close a case, or push for adoption when children are living with kin. Many agencies do not encourage kin to adopt and others do a poor job of explaining the need for adoption or how adoptions differ from other permanency options. Kin may have legitimate reasons and financial incentives for not wanting to adopt.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Child welfare