Impact and Evaluation of Kinship Care
This section presents evaluation reports and studies of the impact of kinship care on child well-being and permanency outcomes; the impact of kinship care on birth parents and relative and kinship caregivers; and resources on the evaluation of kinship care programs.
- Impact on child well-being
- Impact on permanency outcomes
- Impact on parents and caregivers
The Effectiveness of Kinship Services With Children Exposed to Partner Violence: Exploring a Dual Victim Treatment Approach
Raghunandan & Leschied
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 91(1), 2010
Examines the outcomes for children who had been exposed to partner violence and were placed in either kinship or traditional foster care through a child welfare agency. Findings indicate that children in kinship care demonstrate significantly more positive overall adjustment, greater permanency and stability, and higher reunification rates.
Is Kinship Care Good for Kids? (PDF - 127 KB)
Conway & Hutson (2007)
Cites research and lists several reasons why children who cannot live with their parents benefit from living with grandparents and other family members.
Kinship Care: Fostering Effective Family and Friends Placements
Farmer & Moyers
Quality Matters in Children's Services (2008)
Compares formal kinship care to traditional foster care in order to ascertain which children are placed with kin, in what circumstances, how well such children progress, and how often these care arrangements are disrupted.
Kinship Care for African American Children: Disproportionate and Disadvantageous
Harris & Skyles
Journal of Family Issues, 29(8), 2008
Highlights the individual and systemic practices that perpetuate the overuse of and reliance on kinship care and instead emphasize family reunification as the permanency plan for African-American children in the child welfare system.
Kinship Care for the Safety, Permanency, and Well-being of Children Removed from the Home for Maltreatment (PDF - 989 KB)
Winokur, Holtan, & Valentine (2009)
Evaluates the effect of kinship care on outcomes for children. Results suggest children in kinship foster care experience better behavioral development, mental health functioning, and family stability than do children in nonkinship foster care. Kinship caregivers were also more likely to assume legal guardianship.