Working With Relatives
Research from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) indicates approximately one-third of the children adopted with public agency involvement are adopted by relatives. Find resources in this section for working with someone related to the child by family ties or prior relationship connections.
- Relative search
- Assessing and supporting relatives/kinship caregivers
- State and local examples on achieving permanency for children in kinship care
Relative Placements (PDF - 128 KB)
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2008)
Includes facts and statistics on relative placements, an overview of policies and legislation dealing with relative placements, model programs, and promising practices, and links to websites providing information and resources on family-centered service provision.
The Roundtable (PDF - 1308 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption
Roundtable, 20(1), 2006
Lists some of the issues surrounding kinship adoption placements, including motivation and reluctance to adopt, pre- and postkinship adoption services, biases against kin placements, and financial issues.
Supporting Kinship Care: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned
Casey Family Programs (2007)
Provides an easy-to-use resource for child welfare administrators and practitioners who want to learn about the successful strategies that Breakthrough Series Collaborative teams developed to support kinship care.