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8/19/2020

For Kinship Caregivers, No Good Options for Back to School

Like many working caregivers, Gail Engel of Loveland, Colorado, sees few good options for the fall. If she stays home to help her grandson interact with his special education teacher virtually, the loss of income will imperil the family’s financial stability.

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8/12/2020

Congressional Watchdog Says Feds Should Be More Proactive on Kinship Care

Relative caregivers are parenting 2.7 million American children in kinship care. This group of caregivers often goes without critical support that is available, sometimes to the detriment of their own well-being, according to a new audit by the congressional watchdog agency.

7/28/2020

Missouri Child Welfare Overhaul Includes Kinship Diversion, Access to Birth Documents

Missouri has made it easier for an adult relative to temporarily look after the children of kin without legally removing them into foster care.

That’s one of several substantive changes to the state’s child welfare system that Gov.

6/23/2020

White Privilege in Child Welfare: What Racism Looks Like

 

From the moment of their conception, every African American person begins a personal timeline of racism, for their mother experiences racism in that moment — our babies understand and feel in the womb.

4/7/2020

New York Cuts Support For Grandparents, Other Kin Caring for At-Risk Kids

With New York shut down by the coronavirus pandemic and vulnerable families under threat like never before, lawmakers approved a state budget late last week gutting support for grandparents, neighbors and other kin caring for children who otherwise might be in foster care.

3/18/2020

Organization Serving Kinship Families Mobilizes Drive-Through Pick Up to Support Caregivers

With the coronavirus pandemic emptying store shelves and leaving critical items in short supply, the elderly have faced unique challenges stocking their homes with groceries, toiletries and other essentials.

In Nevada, Foster Kinship Executive Director Ali Caliendo raced between four different stores to find formula for her 8-month-old son over the weekend.

2/6/2020

Deadline Alert: One Day Left to Provide Input on Kinship Care to Federal Advisory Council

Federal policymakers want to hear from the millions of relatives caring for the children of family members about how government can be a helpful partner to them.

Relative caregivers of children who would otherwise often be in the foster care system are being asked to share their experiences with federal policymakers.

12/9/2019

Nonprofit Launched to Replicate Missouri Family-Finding Program

Child welfare is personal for Ian Forber-Pratt, who was adopted from India and brought to the United States as an infant with his sister. With a master’s degree in social work, he’s spent his life crisscrossing the globe to create better outcomes for children, even helping pass legislation that built a national foster care program in India.

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11/14/2019

New York Expands Eligibility for Kin Who Want to Foster Children

When caseworkers remove children from their homes and place them into foster care, it can be jarring and traumatic. A new law in New York aims to ease the transition by enabling a wider circle of family members and even non-relatives to become the kids’ foster parents.