This section provides basic information about kinship care, including definitions, discusses the benefits of kinship care for children and families, presents information on the needs of and challenges faced by kinship caregivers, and describes the prevalence of kinship care in the United States.
Information Packet: Relative Placements (PDF - 128 KB)
Provides a summary of kinship care including definitions, statistics, significant policy and legislation, model programs and practices, and websites.
Kinship Care (PDF - 62 KB)
National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (2004)
Presents an overview of kinship care, including definitions and incidence, State and Federal policy, characteristics of kinship caregivers and children, and services to kinship caregivers.
Kinship Care Research and Literature: Lessons Learned and Directions for Future Research (PDF - 531 KB)
Kinship Reporter, 1(2)
Defines kinship care, offers statistics, and reviews research on outcomes for children and youth in kinship care. This issue also addresses innovative programs, the effects of kinship care on families, and social support and services for kinship caregivers.
National Center on Grandfamilies
Works to improve access to services and create supportive programs and laws for families headed by grandparents and other relatives who share their homes with grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other related children. Also see the State factsheets and other resources.