Supporting Kinship Caregivers Who Adopt
The following resources provide information on supporting and meeting the needs of kinship caregivers who have adopted or plan to adopt; resources include State and local examples.
Kinship Adoption: Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population (PDF - 523 KB)
Examines the unique needs of children who are adopted by their relatives. Specifically, it addresses the following questions: Why is kinship adoption on the rise? How does kinship adoption differ from other adoptions? What policies and practices can agencies consider to achieve successful kinship adoptions?
Patterns of Relative Adoption (PDF - 1300 KB)
Roundtable, 20(1), 2006
Discusses the rise in the rate of relative adoption in the United States, particularly among African-Americans; describes the characteristics of children adopted by relatives and of relatives who adopt; and explores adoption trends for children with disabilities.
|Placement of Children With Relatives|
|Series Title:||State Statutes|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
Download (PDF - 627KB)
|Year Published:||2013 - 77 pages|
|Discusses State laws that give priority or preference to relatives when children are in need of out-of-home care. The issues addressed include locating relatives, determining the fitness of a relative to provide care, requirements for licensure, and the financial and other supports available to relatives providing care. Requirements for placing siblings together whenever possible and adoption by relatives also are addressed. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.|
Relative Adoption Discussion Forum
Provides a venue for grandparents and other kin to discuss issues related to the adoption of the children in their care.
Relative and Stepparent Adoption
Beauvais-Godwin & Godwin (2005)
In Complete Adoption Book: Everything You Need to Know to Adopt a Child
Explores the advantages and disadvantages of adopting a relative, disclosure of the adoption to the child, and reasons relatives choose adoption. The chapter addresses kinship adoption, adoption by grandparents, and adoption by stepparents.
Understanding and Supporting the Unique Needs in Kinship Adoption
Describes the needs of all members of the adoption triad, and presents ways for kinship adoptive parents to support children in their care.
State and local examples
Adoption Relative Handbook
Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (2005)
Provides legal information, steps to follow, and postadoption services for relatives completing kinship adoptions in Los Angeles County, CA.
Adoption Home Study Agency of Colorado
Explains Colorado law and policy on kinship adoption and provides services to families during the process.
Describes a nonprofit agency in California that is dedicated to the creation, preservation, and support of foster, adoptive, and relative families. The website includes information on kinship adoption services, events, and online classes.