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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Jonika B. Hash, Candice A. Alfano, Judith Owens et al,

The goal of this Call to Action is to draw attention to the sleep health of children residing in alternative care settings. It highlights the need for a more robust evidence base to address major knowledge gaps and outline concrete steps toward building future promising sleep health-promoting practices and policies supporting children residing in alternative care settings.

Xi Liang, Yige Lin, Marinus H. Van IJzendoorn, Zhengyan Wang,

Grandmothers are important in Chinese families. This study explored the early emerging mother-grandmother-infant network and its association with a child's socioemotional development in multigenerational families in a non-WEIRD country. 

Child Identity Protection (CHIP),

This research brought together the testimonies of adoption professionals (national and international) concerned with the situation of abandoned and placed children in five South American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru. The aim of this study is to gain a better understanding of the new realities of adoption, in a context where these countries have chosen to limit or stop their foreign adoption practices. 

Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) - Kingdom of Cambodia,

This Prakas was drafted in accordance with Cambodia’s policies, standards and regulations to enable the implementation of kinship care and foster care. The Goal of the Prakas is to ensure the best interests of the child and protect the basic rights of the child separated from his/her biological parents and receiving kinship or foster care, so that they are safe and thriving in a warm, loving and happy family environment.

Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) - Kingdom of Cambodia,

The Goal of the Prakas is to ensure the best interests of the child and protect the basic rights of the child separated from his/her biological parents and receiving kinship or foster care, so that they are safe and thriving in a warm, loving and happy family environment.

Mengjuan Zhao, Ziqiang Zhu, Chenchen Kong & Chunshan Zhao - BMC Public Health,

The purpose of this study was to explore the level of caregiver burden and parenting stress and their relationship among left-behind elderly individuals.

Tyreasa Washington, C. Joy Stewart, Roderick A. Rose - Child Development,

The aim of this study was to examine the academic trajectories of children in out-of-home care (OOCH) and whether kinship care has a protective effect relative to nonkin foster care.

Fengyan Tang, Ke Li, Heejung Jang & Mary Beth Rauktis - Aging & Mental Health ,

This study examined the longitudinal association of depressive symptoms with grandchild care intensity and whether the association varies by household structure, residential area, and gender for Chinese grandparents.

Jennifer Osborne, Lauren Hindt, Nathan Lutz, Nicole Hodgkinson, Scott C. Leon - Children and Youth Services Review,

The current study used survival analysis to investigate whether the type of placement (kin versus non-kin) related to the number of placement disruptions over time.

Christina Fernandes, Barbara Blundell, Rebecca J. Moran, Jessica M. Gilbert, Mark Liddiard - Child & Family Social Work,

Drawing on a mixed method study of grandparent carers and service providers located in Western Australia, the authors of this article argue that there are important issues of inequity and injustice associated with being a grandcarer, in particular due to systemic and discursive failures to recognize the complexity and challenges of care provision.