When Child Welfare Agencies Rely on Voluntary Kinship Placements

This brief looks at child welfare agencies' reliance on kin, that is, relatives, to care for children who may otherwise need to be in state custody. In most states, these agencies use voluntary kinship arrangements on a fairly limited basis when caseworkers believe that children face low risk of abuse or neglect. Agencies are confronted by many challenges, including whether to remain involved with a family and how to provide assistance to them.

Record Type: 
Research-To-Practice Brief
Publication Date: 
April, 2003
April 2003
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