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2000 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 1, No. 2
Winter 1996

Make 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 placements.

  • 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 care).

  • 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 do.

1996 Jordan Institute for Families