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.
The Effectiveness of Kinship Services With Children Exposed to Partner Violence: Exploring a Dual Victim Treatment Approach
Raghunandan & Leschied (2010)
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 91(1)
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.
Health and Well-being of Children Placed in Kinship Care Is Better than that of Children in Foster Care (PDF - 475 KB)
Campbell Collaboration (2016)
Examines whether kinship care is more effective than foster care in ensuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of children removed from their home for maltreatment through a systematic review of 102 studies.
Kinship Care for African American Children: Disproportionate and Disadvantageous
Harris & Skyles (2008)
Journal of Family Issues, 29(8)
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: A Systematic Review (PDF - 1,894 KB)
Winokur, Holtan, & Batchelder (2014)
Provides a systematic review of controlled experimental and quasi-experimental studies 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.
A Qualitative Research Study of Kinship Diversion Practices
Malm & Allen (2016)
Presents findings from an in-depth review of one State's kinship diversion program, an alternative to foster care in which children are placed with relatives.