Placement with relatives may have various effects on family reunification depending on such factors as the relationship between the parent(s) and the kin caregivers; proximity (especially if they are in different States); the safety issues that resulted in placement, such as the parent's substance use or incarceration; and the willingness of the caseworker and the family members to consider reunification. The following resources discuss strategies for reuniting children with their parents after being placed with relatives or kin.
Foster Care Placement Change: The Role of Family Dynamics and Household Composition
Waid, Kothari, Bank, & McBeath (2016)
Children and Youth Services Review, 68
Examines family dynamics across different living situations and finds that children placed in kinship care were most likely to achieve permanence. The results of this study show the need for additional research into the experience of children in different family living arrangements.
Paths to Permanence: Kin Guardianship and Adoption
Adoption Advocate, 59
Describes several types of kinship care and explains that children living in these arrangements are more likely to find permanent homes through guardianship than children who reside with nonrelatives. The article also examines the benefits of kin guardianship and adoption for children and addresses some concerns surrounding these arrangements.
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