On Their Own Terms: Supporting Kinship Care Outside of TANF and Foster Care. Overview of Alternative Kinship Care Programs

09/01/2001

Twenty-eight of the fifty-seven alternative programs we identified have been operating for three years or less.

Over the past few years, kin-specific programs designed as alternatives to either traditional TANF or foster care programs have proliferated rapidly. In fact, 28 of the 57 alternative programs we identified have been operating for three years or less. But while development of alternative kinship care programs is widespread and growing, the programs that state and localities have developed are very different. They vary in how and why they were established, the target population the programs hope to reach, and the goals they seek to achieve.