The following resources discuss strategies and tools for assessing the suitability of relatives as potential kinship caregivers and for post-assessment.
Examining the Losses and Gains Experienced by Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Practical Framework for Assessment and Intervention
Servaty-Seih & Wilkins (2008)
In Parenting the Custodial Grandchild: Implications for Clinical Practice
Explains the benefits of discussing gains and losses when assessing and counseling custodial grandparents and applies this concept to the assessment process in seven areas: roles, routines, relationships, economic conditions, assumptions about the self, and psychobiological faculties.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Knowing Limits: Finding the Right Match Between the Children in Care and the Foster Parents and Kinship Caregivers
Rosenwald & Riley (2010)
In Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care: A Guide to Getting the Best out of the System for Foster Parents, Relative Caregivers, and Practitioners
Discusses strategies for determining the type and level of fostering a family may provide, assessing fostering preferences, and identifying a comfort level for fostering children with major medical or mental health needs.
A Retrospective Support Assessment Study of Foster and Relative Care Providers (PDF - 631 KB)
Describes efforts to develop a system that helps agencies conduct better assessments of a foster care provider's ability to care for a child appropriately and to estimate the likelihood of abuse or neglect in the foster home.
Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) Home Study (PDF - 851 KB)
Consortium for Children (2005)
Describes a collection of home study tools for the evaluation of prospective adoptive families, resource families, and relative care providers.