The Positive And Negative Roles Of Kinship Care In The United States

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Kinship care is the full-time care and nurturing of a child by a relative or someone who has a significant emotional relationship with the child. If children must be separate from their parents, either voluntarily or by court order, kinship care should be the first placement option explored by the child welfare agency. The Federal Government endorsed this practice most recently in the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Placing children in Kinship care helps States’ compliance with Federal requirements to provide children with safety, stability, and permanency. It also meets provisions of the Fostering Connection Act that requires agencies to notify relatives when children are in out-of-home care, to include …show more content…
It has clearly stated that children that are placed with kin have a less traumatizing transition then children that are placed in foster care. Children that are placed with kin do better in school, home, and also with peer relationships. Kinship providers do however have their share of struggles when it comes to providing a stable loving home for a child that has an established relationship with their biological origins. Kinship providers are often plagued by past agency practice and policy that create the illusion that “the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree” idiom often having to go above and beyond to gain the agencies respect even after participating in numerous training and personal criminal background checks. Kin has remained between a “rock and a hard place” due to providing a safe and stable environment for a child and attempting to maintain a relationship with bio-parents that are deemed …show more content…
This criminal check many times does not allow this specific kinship caretaker to be a viable source for relative due to criminal involvement and policies and procedures that have been put in place for the safety and security of these children. Some minor charges can go through a process of approval, but many charges withhold these relatives from being allow to care for these children. Many layers have been developed to evaluate the kinship resource to determine if this individual will provide a loving, caring, structured, and appropriate home for a child. Children should not be exposed to a home similar to which they had to be detached from whether temporarily or permanently. Looking through a social work lens kinship placement has made up most placements in the last 6 years and the children placed with appropriate kin have flourished with the supports of social workers’ and support and stabilization services implemented in homes with kinship providers and the

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