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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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.

Ashley Martin, Daniel Albrechtsons, Noni MacDonald, Nadia Aumeerally, Tania Wong - Paediatrics & Child Health,

This study aims to describe the lived experiences of skip-generation families to better identify their needs.

Emily Delap and Gillian Mann - Child Frontiers, Family for Every Child,

This short paper from Family for Every Child argues that a failure to prioritize support for kinship care during the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the risks that girls and boys face, and lead to poorly targeted and consequently ineffective strategies to prevent and mitigate the effects of the virus. The evidence presented is derived from a literature review which included published guidance developed in response to COVID-19, and evidence on previous experiences with Ebola outbreaks and the HIV pandemic.

The Center for the Study of Social Policy,

This brief explores kinship care and how this critical resource is at risk now and in the future.

Emily P. Taylor, Simona Di Folco, Melanie Dupin, Heather Mithen, Luis Wen, Lilian Rose, Kirsty Nisbet - Child & Family Social Work,

Using routine data from a kinship care helpline service, this study employed a mixed‐method analysis of the association between socioeconomic deprivation and risk factors reported by kinship carers in the UK and explored social capital in kinship families.

Susan Collings & Amy Conley Wright - Journal of Family Studies,

For this study, semi-structured interviews with twelve birth parents and twenty six permanent carers took place in New South Wales, Australia. Inductive thematic analysis was used to identify a pattern in the nature of adult relationships. The themes of 1) getting to know each other; 2) making family time; and 3) a shared future are presented.