Kerala govt launches kinship foster-care programme

The government of the state of Kerala in India has launched a new program to promote kinship care for children currently residing in child care instititions, according to this article from the Times of India. The program will provide financial assistance to family members in order to reduce the financial burden of caring for the children and will also provide counseling to the child and relatives. Children will be placed with family members after the relatives' applications have been properly reviewed and approved. The aim of the program is to reduce the dependency on child care institutions (CCIs) and respond to the requests of children in CCIs who have expressed a desire to stay with their families.