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The Protective Effects of Informal Kinship Care: Views of Caregivers, Children, and Biological Parents (Workshop 19)
Little is known about the well-being of children who are reared by kin, and research has yet to be conducted that identifies the individual and social factors that buffer the effects of parental neglect, abandonment, incarceration, or inability to care for children when kin assume childrearing responsibilities. This workshop presents results of the qualitative components of semi-structured interviews with 23 kinship caregivers, five children living in kinship care, and five biological parents of children living in informal kinship care. The data were collected during the pilot phase of a federally-funded longitudinal study of the individual and social protective factors that affect children in informal kinship care.
James P. Gleeson, Ph.D., A.C.S.W.
Leslie L. Ford
Jane Addams College
of Social Work
University of Illinois at Chicago
Gwen Walls Talley, M.A.
Grand Boulevard Federation
Marian S. Harris, Ph.D.,
University of Washington
Tacoma Social Work Program
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