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Assessing Kinship Caregivers
The following resources discuss strategies and tools for assessing the suitability of relatives as potential kinship caregivers and for post-assessment.
Training for Kinship Caregivers (PDF - 115 KB)
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2006)
Compiles select State policies and approaches regarding training and assessment for kinship caregivers.
Kinship Care: Best Practice Guidance
Child Welfare League of America (2005)
Provides guidelines for child welfare professionals working with kinship families that address a range of topics, including family-centered assessments and assessments of the parents, children, and kinship caregivers.
Examining the Losses and Gains Experienced by Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Practical Framework for Assessment and Intervention
Servaty-Seih & Wilkins (2008)
In Parenting the Custodial Grandchild: Implications for Clinical Practice
Explains the benefits of discussing gains and losses when assessing and counseling custodial grandparents and applies this concept to the assessment process in seven areas: roles, routines, relationships, economic conditions, assumptions about the self, and psychobiological faculties.
|Home Study Requirements for Prospective Foster Parents|
|Series Title:||State Statutes|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway.
Download (PDF - 1,050KB)
|Year Published:||2011 - 174 pages|
|Presents State laws and policies for licensing or approving family foster homes, including laws about standards, the approval process, kinship foster care, and interjurisdictional approval. A licensed family is one that is approved by the State to provide care for children and that meets basic standards of safety set by law and regulation. These standards reduce predictable risks to the health, safety, and well-being of children in out-of-home care. The laws presented are current through October 2010.|
Knowing Limits: Finding the Right Match Between the Children in Care and the Foster Parents and Kinship Caregivers
Rosenwald & Riley (2010)
In Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care: A Guide to Getting the Best out of the System for Foster Parents, Relative Caregivers, and Practitioners
Discusses strategies for determining the type and level of fostering a family may provide, assessing fostering preferences, and identifying a comfort level for fostering children with major medical or mental health needs.
A Retrospective Support Assessment Study of Foster and Relative Care Providers (PDF - 631 KB)
Describes efforts to develop a system that helps agencies conduct better assessments of a foster care provider's ability to care for a child appropriately and to estimate the likelihood of abuse or neglect in the foster home.
Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) Home Study (PDF - 851 KB)
Consortium for Children (2005)
Describes a collection of home study tools for the evaluation of prospective adoptive families, resource families, and relative care providers.