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.
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