Relative Adoption & Kinship Care

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Relative adoption and kinship care maintain family bonds and connections when family members other than the biological parents adopt or care for a child.

Kinship Care and Strings Attached

When a child leaves the parental home, kinship care must be explored by law, but is it? Guest author Kim Combes looks at practices and the value of family members in a child's life.... [more]

Relative Adoption

There are several factors to consider in relative adoptions: Adoption laws are generally state laws and can differ substantially from one state to another. In light of the differ... [more]

Legal Options for Caregivers

When substitute care for children is needed, options include adoption, guardianship, legal custody, and others. Learn what each involves and state restrictions.

Adoption v. Guardianship
Often, guardianship is proposed as an alternative to in-family adoption. This table illustrates the differences.

Keeping The Family Together
Kinship care keeps family ties intact, from the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.

Kinship Adoption
This overview, from the Child Welfare League of America, provides information about the benefits of kinship adoption as well as points to consider when kinship adoption might not be the best option.

Kinship Care
This method of keeping families involved in the care process can be an informal arrangement between relatives or a placement with a child welfare agency retaining legal custody. There is no formal adoption at this point.

What is Kinship Care?
This factsheet from the Child Welfare League of America contains information about kinship care and permanency planning.
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