Fighting for Kin: She’s a Social Worker and Foster Parent — But a Court Won’t Let Her Adopt Her Nephews

Despite laws prioritizing kin care, Minnesota officials have sided with a foster parent vying to adopt two brothers, blindsiding their aunt.

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White House Announces Slate of Actions on Child Welfare

The Biden administration announced a mix of final and proposed rules on child welfare policy today that cover the placement of foster youth with relatives, legal representation for parents and children involved with the system, and the placement of LGBTQ youth in foster care. 


We’re Building a New Path to Prioritize Kin

A group of child welfare leaders are developing new recommended standards for licensing and approving kinship caregivers.

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Self-Reliance in Place of Support from Foster Care or Kinfolk

At 18 I got everything I felt that I needed to be stable so that I don't have to ask for another thing from my family, writes Antania Goff.

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Executive Order Pledges Better Support for LGBTQ Youth


Biden Proposes Major Spending Shifts to Prioritize Kin, Foster Care Prevention

President Joe Biden released a budget proposal that included funds to prioritize kinship caregivers and prevent removals from foster care.


Washington Supreme Court: ‘Meaningful Preference’ for Kin Is Required

The Washington Supreme Court used a recent case involving a 6-year-old boy separated from his family to set new expectations in the state for prioritizing kinship care in the child welfare system.

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    First Kinship Support Model Gains Approval by Family First Clearinghouse

    After three years, a kinship navigator model has finally gained approval from the clearinghouse for Family First Act services


    Hidden Foster Care: All of The Responsibility, None of The Resources

    Outside of the traditional foster care system exists a shadow system of potentially hundreds of thousands of children removed by CPS to their relatives or family friends—without a court case, monetary support, or due process.

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    Lessons from Ma’Khia Bryant’s Death: Better Housing Policy and Kinship Care Aid Can Save our Children

    Sweet 16. It’s an age when many teens revel in the thought of getting a driver’s license, going to the prom or landing a first job, all sweet rites of passage that launch them into a new world of emerging independence.