Kinship Care

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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.


Keyon’s Case Heads to Washington Supreme Court

After the child was placed with strangers, his family fought the system on two fronts


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.

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Coronavirus Relief Bill Includes $10 Million for Kinship Care Center

All but unnoticed in news coverage of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package President Joe Biden signed on Thursday is $10 million to start up a technical assistance center to help relative caregivers who step up to fill in for parents whose children have been taken away from them.

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Ohio counties say they need state money to comply with a requirement to pay its kinship caregivers a higher rate.


Ohio Still Shortchanging Relative Caregivers Despite Court Order, Complaint Charges

Three years after a federal appeals court ordered Ohio to pay those who assume custody of relatives the same amount it pays licensed foster parents, the Buckeye State continues to severely shortchange kinship caregivers, according to a lawsuit seeking to enforce the order.



Delete the Word ‘Grandfamilies’

For the past five years, the New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), along with more than a dozen other states and the United States Senate and House, have issued resolutions/proclamations to commemorate September as “Kinship Care Month.”

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For Kinship Caregivers, No Good Options for Back to School

Gail Engel and her husband Joe are the primary caregivers for their grandson, who has special needs. Photo courtesy of Gail Engel
Like many working caregivers, Gail Engel of Loveland, Colorado, sees few good options for the fall.