Report to the Congress on Kinship Foster Care. Effects of Kinship CARE on Children and Caregivers


To date, no reliable data have been gathered on the differences in the health or well-being of either children or providers as a result of public kinship care. Public kinship children and caregivers do differ from non-kin on a number of point-in-time indicators (Chapter 3), but it is uncertain whether such differences result from the care arrangements or were present before them. One study that compared the adult health and well-being of children who lived in public kinship and non-kin foster homes found that although children in public kinship care had fewer problems during foster care, there was little difference between the two groups as adults (Benedict, Zuravin, and Stallings, 1996).

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