Many child welfare terms are subject to interpretation. The Glossary identifies commonly held definitions for terms that can be found on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website. It defines common acronyms and includes links to information on major Federal legislation and related child welfare terms. The Glossary will be updated as new terminology emerges in the field, as new legislation is enacted, and as child welfare terms take on new meaning.
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Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 (See Major Federal Legislation Concerned with Child Protection, Child Welfare, and Adoption.)
Adoption of a child by someone related by family ties or a prior relationship.
kinship foster care
Kinship foster care refers to those arrangements that occur when child welfare agencies take custody of a child after an investigation of abuse and/or neglect and place the child with a kinship caregiver who is an approved placement based on the assessment standards developed by the agency. (See State Child Welfare Policy Database)
kinship navigator program
A federally funded program that connects children involved with child welfare to grandparents or relative caregivers and helps those caregivers identify and access needed services. Kinship navigator programs are funded through grants established by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.