Key Facts and Statistics
There are over 407,000 children and youth in foster care, and 34 percent were placed with relatives or kin.
When children cannot remain safely in their home, placement with relatives and kin - both formally through the child welfare system and informal through family arrangements - can increase stability, reduce trauma, and help children maintain a sense of family, belonging and identity.
Investing in culturally appropriate services and supports for relative and kin caregivers may help reinforce a child’s cultural identity and traditions. their parents or primary caregiver.
Relational permanency is fundamental to the well-being of children and youth. Maintaining relationships with relatives and kin can help provide a sense of belonging for young people in care.
Include these key points in your messaging to demonstrate the important role relative and kinship caregivers play in supporting family connections that are essential to a child’s health and well-being.
View resources that demonstrate how child welfare professionals can support relative and kin connections to keep families strong.
Provides information about the critical supports kinship navigator programs can offer relative and kinship caregivers.
Shares stories and advice from caregivers and birth parents who have experienced kinship care.
Shares recommendations from youth on how to support permanency with kin, relational permanency, and older youth adoption.
Read about the President's commitment to promoting safe, permanent homes for children in foster care and providing resources that enhance their well-being.
June is National Reunification Month! Honor people and efforts from around the country that make it possible for families to stay together.
The Children's Bureau is focused on putting families first, strengthening them where needed, and helping keep them safe and together!
This new factsheet is designed to help kinship caregivers work effectively with the child welfare system.