Children Placed in Foster Care With Relatives: A Multi-state Study

This study examines (1) the outcomes for children and families in the various configurations of relative foster care compared to the configurations of non-relative foster care, and (2) the associated costs of relative foster care compared to the costs of non-relative foster care. An initial survey was conducted in nine selected States to determine the specificity of the information available at the State and local levels pertaining to children currently placed in relative foster care, their birth families, the relatives responsible for their care, and the information pertaining to children formerly in relative foster care. The specific information obtained in this survey was used in the design of a national study to examine children placed in relative foster care compared to those placed in non-relative foster care. A review of the literature on relative foster care indicated that the incidence of kinship placements was affected by the changing characteristics of the general populations of nonrelative and kinship caregivers as well as by the population of children in need of substitute care. The demographic and geographic characteristics of the entry patterns for kinship care differed from those associated with traditional foster parents. At the same time, the roles and responsibilities of all foster parents became more demanding, with little indication that the agency policies and practices have correspondingly adapted to the need for increasing levels of support.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families


PIC ID: 5846

PERFORMER: TransAmerica Systems, Inc.
Washington, DC