Supporting Kinship Caregivers




Nearly 3 million U.S. children are cared for by kin or relatives other than their parents. Child welfare agencies in many states rely on extended families, primarily grandparents, to provide homes for children who cannot safely remain with their parents. In fact, kin care for 32% of children in foster care — just over 139,000 — according to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System.

State lawmakers have enacted a variety of legislation to support kinship caregivers, including:

  • Requirements to identify and notify relatives and kin of a child’s removal from home, along with placement preference given to relatives.
  • Medical and educational consent.
  • Licensing waivers and variances.
  • Financial subsidies.
  • Other supports.

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