Kinship Care

Kinship care is the full-time care of a child by a relative or another member of the extended family. This type of arrangement is the most common form of out of home care throughout the world and is typically arranged without formal legal proceedings. In many developing countries, it is essentially the only form of alternative family care available on a significant scale.


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Megan L. Dolbin‐MacNab, Gregory C. Smith, Bert Hayslip Jr. - Family Relations,

This study examined how custodial grandmothers navigated the process of their grandchildren being reunified with a biological parent.

Gwenllian Moody, Elinor Coulman, Lucy Brookes-Howell, Rebecca Cannings-John, et al - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The purpose of this study was to determine whether group-based training improves foster carer self-efficacy.

Daniel L. Cavanaugh, Carolyn G. Sutherby, Elizabeth Sharda, Anne K. Hughes, Amanda T. Woodward - Children and Youth Services Review,

This exploratory study provides early research to understand the relationship between levels of meaning-making and well-being in kinship caregivers.

Katherine L. Stene, Sarah J. Dow-Fleisner, Dylan Ermacora, Jean Agathen, Lydia Falconnier, Megan Stager, Susan J. Wells - Children and Youth Services Review,

The current study reexamined a kinship caregiver assessment using data from a study conducted at the Children and Family Research Center (CFRC).

Yanfeng Xu, Charlotte Lyn Bright, Richard P. Barth, Haksoon Ahn - Child Maltreatment,

This study selected children who remained in kinship care (N = 267) for three waves from nationally representative data and examined the longitudinal associations among poverty, economic pressure, financial assistance, and children’s behavioral health outcomes in kinship care.

Miracle Foundation,

This guidance from Miracle Foundation outlines case management process and tools aimed at children in Child Care Institutions (CCIs) in India who have been placed with their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of these case management processes and tools is to determine feasibility of permanent placement and expedite family-based care in families in which children were placed quickly and without proper preparation during COVID-19 lockdown.

Merav Jedwab, Yanfeng Xu, Terry V. Shaw - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study focused on kinship care as the top of the hierarchy of out-of-home care placements and utilized data obtained from a U.S. mid-Atlantic State Automated Child Welfare Information System. The study followed children who placed in out-of-home care over a three-year period.

Qi Wu, Yiqi Zhu, Ijeoma Ogbonnaya, Saijun Zhang, Shiyou Wu - Child Abuse & Neglect,

This study systematically summarizes the effect of parenting interventions on kinship foster caregivers and their cared for children, and examines the intervention strategies and research methods used in order to provide a context in which to better understand effects of interventions.

Ebenezer Cudjoe, Alhassan Abdullah, Marcus Y. L. Chiu - Journal of Family Issues,

With a recent interest by stakeholders in Ghana to consider kinship care as an alternative care option in child welfare policy, this study explores current kinship care challenges to help identify and address potential setbacks for policy and practice recommendations.

Family for Every Child,

In this online event, Family for Every Child members FSCE (Ethiopia), The Mulberry Bush (UK), Praajak (India) and CSID (Bangladesh) discussed children's care in the context of COVID-19.