The following resources provide information on supporting and meeting the needs of kinship caregivers who have adopted or plan to adopt; resources include State and local examples.
Kinship Adoption: Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population (PDF - 523 KB)
Examines the unique needs of children who are adopted by their relatives. Specifically, it addresses the following questions: Why is kinship adoption on the rise? How does kinship adoption differ from other adoptions? What policies and practices can agencies consider to achieve successful kinship adoptions?
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Post-adoption Service Need and Access: Differences Between International, Kinship, and Non-kinship Foster Care
Meritt & Festinger (2013)
Children and Youth Services Review, (35)12
Focuses on international, kinship care, and nonkinship adoptions and compares what type of postadoption services were received by adoptive parents in each group. The study also discusses how policy efforts and programs need to focus on providing postadoption services based on the expressed needs of the families.
Post-permanency Service Needs, Service Utilization, and Placement Discontinuity for Kinship Versus Non-kinship Families
Liao & White (2014)
Children and Youth Services Review, (44)
Compares service needs, services sought, unmet needs, and placement discontinuity for kinship and nonkinship adoptive and guardianship families.
Describes a nonprofit agency in California that is dedicated to the creation, preservation, and support of foster, adoptive, and relative families. The website includes information on kinship adoption services, events, and online classes.
Supporting Informal Kinship Families in Nebraska
Voices for Children in Nebraska (2014)
Discusses the challenges that informal kinship care families face in Nebraska and identifies potential areas in which these families can be better supported.