16, No. 1
The Rise in Kinship Adoption
Reprinted from CB Express, July/August 2010, Vol. 11, No. 6 (http://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/)
A new issue brief created by ChildFocus and the North American Council on Adoptable Children, Kinship Adoption: Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population, was developed to draw attention to and explore the needs of children adopted by their relatives. The issue brief points out that the number of children in foster care finding permanent homes with relatives is steadily growing—up from 21% in 2000 to 30% in 2008. The authors look at why this trend persists and how agencies can promote and support kinship adoption.
Why is kinship adoption on the rise? The authors point to:
According to the brief, benefits of kinship adoption include kinship caregivers' unique knowledge about the child and the family dynamics and the greater likelihood of children maintaining some kind of connection with their birth parents, if desired.
How can agencies best support kinship adoption? The authors point to the need to:
The full issue brief is available on the ChildFocus website: <www.childfocuspartners.com/pdfs/CF_Kinship_Adoption_Report_v5.pdf>.