Child Welfare

Child Welfare is a professional trade journal published bimonthly by the Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Arlington, Va. Founded in 1921, the journal provides policy, practice, and program information to professionals who work in the child welfare industry.

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 5, September/October

Adoption: Where Do Relatives Stand?
For many children in out-of-home care, adoption is the most appropriate permanent arrangement. Where do relatives stand in the adoption process? Three aspects of the law's treatment of blood relationships are reviewed in this article: (1) the ability...
Adult Functioning of Children Who Lived in Kin versus Nonrelative Family Foster Homes
The study reported here explored associations between the type of placement in out-of-home care (kinship versus nonrelative) and selected outcomes in adulthood. Interviews were conducted with 214 children formerly in care (40% kinship placed), who reported...
A Kinship Care Case Management Approach
Kinship care has become an increasingly used and favored option for children in need of placement. Child welfare workers need to be trained on strategies and techniques for developing helping relationships within extended family systems to support intrafamilial...
A Nontraditional Assessment Framework for Formal Kinship Homes
This article presents a framework for assessing kinship homes that differs from traditional family foster home evaluation. Because kinship care families and situations are usually quite different from those of other prospective foster parents, distinctive...
Grandparents United: Intergenerational Development Education
Project GUIDE, an innovative program for grandparents who are rearing their grandchildren, offers a comprehensive service program to help all family members cope with their stressful situation. This article describes the many challenges these grandparents...
Informal and Formal Kinship Care Populations: A Study in Contrasts
This article contrasts a group of informal kinship care providers with two "formal" kinship care groups, examining similarities and differences in child and caregiver demographics and service needs. One program's response to the needs of informal kinship...
Introduction
Kinship care is the full time care, nurturing, and protection of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, or other adults who have a family relationship to a child [Child Welfare League of America 1994]. In Kinship Care: A Natural Bridge,...
Kinship Care as a Child Welfare Service: The Policy Debate in an Era of Welfare Reform
The placing of children in state custody in the care of relatives considered to be foster parents has become common practice in child welfare in the past decade. Policymakers and advocates debate whether this formal kinship care has been a cause of dramatically...
Kinship Care: From Last Resort to First Choice
Kinship care is becoming the first choice in a continuum of services available to children requiring out-of-home care. This article highlights the key issues in kinship care and discusses them as they relate to agency structure for kinship family support...
Kinship Care in America: What Outcomes Should Policy Seek?
Based upon a study of kinship care policies in five states-New York, Colorado, Texas, California, and Illinois-this article proposes a conceptual framework for analyzing kinship care policy that uses five new permanency outcomes. After analyzing current...
Permanency Outcomes in Kinship Care: A Study of Children Placed in Kinship Care in Erie County, New York
This article describes a longitudinal study of permanency planning for all of the 525 children placed in kinship foster care in Erie County, New York, in 1991. The study describes the length of time the children spent in care, the discharge destinations...
Permanency Planning Options for Children in Formal Kinship Care
This article describes efforts under way in Illinois to improve permanency outcomes for children in formal kinship care. Between June 1986 and June 1995, the number of children in the state's home-of-relative program increased sevenfold. Administrative...
Philadelphia's Collaborative Process for Building a Responsive Agenda for Kinship Care
In Philadelphia, a collaborative process was used by the political, public, and private communities to respond to the emergence of kinship care as a child welfare entity. By framing kinship care in a context of shared concerns among these three bodies,...
The Kinship Triad: A Service Delivery Model
Even though child placement agencies have come to recognize that kinship care provides continuity for the child's familial and cultural relationships, what is needed is a well-defined model for service delivery in kinship programs-one that provides a...
You're Not Alone.You're One in a Million
Many grandparents who find themselves rearing grandchildren believe that they are the only ones in this situation. They often feel isolated, frustrated, and angry; sometimes they feel ashamed. They are not alone, however. This article offers an understanding...
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