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Kinship Caregivers and the Child Welfare System
Discusses issues of interest to the growing number of grandparents and other relatives caring for children whose own parents are unable to care for them. Sometimes, the arrangement (referred to as "kinship care") is an informal, private arrangement between the parents and relative caregivers; in other situations, the local child welfare agency is involved. This factsheet is designed to help kinship caregivers--including grandparents, aunts and uncles, other relatives, and family friends caring for children--work effectively with the child welfare system. Resources, such as links to more detailed information or places to find help, are included.
Table of Contents
Kinship care and the child welfare system
How the child welfare system becomes involved in kinship care
Involvement of the courts
Different types of kinship care
What to expect from the child welfare system
Services and how to access them
Permanent families for children
Resources and links to more information
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2016). Kinship caregivers and the child welfare system. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
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