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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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Family First Clearinghouse Approves Two New Services, Will Reconsider Ohio Kinship Navigator


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. 


Advocates Say Families Providing ‘Hidden Foster Care’ Deserve More Guidance

Nevada is relying heavily on unsupported relatives to care for children its child welfare system do not believe are safe at home.

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    Bill Seeks to Extend Help to Relatives and Kin to Prevent Child Abuse

    Nearly 2.7 million children are being raised by grandparents, other relatives or close family friends and not their own parents, and some members of Congress want to prevent child abuse by giving these caregivers more help.


    AARP Declares ‘Crisis’ for Kin Caregivers in New York

    Older New Yorkers who care for relatives' children outside of the formal foster care system are in “crisis,” according to a new report by the state chapter of the nation's most prominent advocacy group for senior citizens.


    Kentucky’s Budget Shrunk. These Informal Foster Parents Were Left with Nothing.

    Natasha King, 46, and her two grandchildren. Photo: J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL
    Natasha King thought it would be temporary, just a few months.  When the state called in 2013 and asked if she could parent her two grandchildren, she didn’t hesitate to take in the kids she loved more than anything in the world.