Report to the Congress on Kinship Foster Care. Experiences of Children While in Public Kinship CARE


Foster parents seek to provide a safe, stable, and family-like setting for children who cannot live with their parents. Foster care is meant to be temporary, with children returning home or finding an alternative permanent placement as soon as possible. Unfortunately, being placed in foster care can be traumatic for children. Moreover, studies have shown that foster children sometimes get lost in the system, remaining in care for several years and moving from one foster home to another. Policy makers and child welfare experts have questioned whether children in public kinship care fare better or worse than children in non-kin foster care. Children in public kinship care appear to maintain a stronger connection to their families and community roots. While concerns have been raised about the safety of these kinship care homes, insufficient information is available to assess whether these concerns are warranted.

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