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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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.

Ifeyinwa Mbakogu - Indonesian Journal of Social and Environmental Issues,

This paper explores whether children removed from kinship placement should be considered trafficked children by presenting the experiences of some children in kinship placement in Nigeria.

Family for Every Child,

In this How We Care series webinar, Family for Every Child presented the programming of three CSOs on how they are supporting kin carers and the vulnerable children in their care, in their respective regions.

Meredith Kiraly and Margaret Kertesz - Child & Family Social Work,

An Australian research project explored the experience and support needs of young kinship carers and children in their care through analysis of census data and in‐depth interviews with young kinship carers and children/young people. This article describes the views of 16 young people.

Kenneth Burns, Conor O’Mahony, Rebekah Brennan - The British Journal of Social Work,

This article explores evidence which shows that the use of ‘private family arrangements’ is motivated partly by a concern for subsidiarity, and partly by necessity: they provide a source of placements in cases where regulatory requirements and a lack of resources would otherwise make the placement challenging or impossible.

Dr. Mark S. Preston - Preston Management and Organizational Consulting,

This qualitative evaluation was to determine the level of fidelity of Clark County Nevada’s Foster Kinship navigator program to its navigator program manual and to ascertain if Foster Kinship’s navigator program for formal kinship families met the minimum standard for promising practice.

Association for Alternative Family Care of Children, in collaboration with the National Council for Children Services and Department of Children’s Services,

This booklet emphasizes the importance of family based care for the care of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) in Kenya, provides answers to regularly asked questions, and lists current government efforts to support OVC, including the policy and legal frameworks and existing forms of family and community-based care.

Heidi Redlich Epstein, Lucy Johnston-Walsh, Jennifer Pokempner, Kathleen Creamer, Karissa Phelps - Penn State Dickinson Law IDEAS,

"While Pennsylvania has made great strides in ensuring family preservation, placement with kin and the maintenance of kinship connections, there is an opportunity to identify strategies to increase these outcomes and become a national leader in putting families first," this report argues. The paper outlines concrete policy solutions that "can improve this trajectory, making Pennsylvania a model for other states [in the U.S.]."