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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Relative and Stepparent Adoption
Beauvais-Godwin & Godwin (2005)
In Complete Adoption Book: Everything You Need to Know to Adopt a Child
Explores the advantages and disadvantages of adopting a relative, disclosure of the adoption to the child, and reasons relatives choose adoption. The chapter addresses kinship adoption, adoption by grandparents, and adoption by stepparents.
Understanding and Supporting the Unique Needs in Kinship Adoption
Describes the needs of all members of the adoption triad, and presents ways for kinship adoptive parents to support children in their care.
Adoption Home Study Agency of Colorado
Explains Colorado law and policy on kinship adoption and provides services to families during the process.
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.