Report to the Congress on Kinship Foster Care. Definitions of Kin


States’ definitions of who is kin or a relative within the child welfare system vary greatly. While many States still insist that kin have to be related to a child by blood or marriage, as of 1996, 19 States and the District of Columbia reported using a definition of kin that includes neighbors, godparents, and other adults who have a close relationship with the child (Boots and Geen, 1999).

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