2000 Jordan Institute
Vol. 1, No.
Kinship Care the Best it Can Be
- Screen Thoroughly.
Do a complete home evaluation, just as you would with any other placement.
- Monitor Frequently.
Monitor kinship placements with the same frequency as other out-of-home
- Compensate Adequately.
Facilitate the highest possible level of financial compensation--including
benefits like Medicaid.
- Deliver Services Equitably.
Make sure the same services are provided to children in kinship care
as to foster children (e.g., mental health screenings and after-school
- Provide Respite Care.
Families caring for their own children and a relative's children need
a break from time to time. Elderly relatives may also need special assistance
with regular child care.
- Offer training.
Kinship caregivers need access to training and support groups in the
same way and for the same reasons that non-relative foster families
© 1996 Jordan
Institute for Families