Variations in the Use of Kinship Diversion among Child Welfare Agencies: Early Answers to Important Questions

Author(s): Malm, Karin.;Sepulveda, Kristin.;Abbott, Sam.
Published: 2019
Available from: Child Trends

Kinship diversion, an alternative to foster care, is a common response to allegations of child abuse and neglect, yet little research has been conducted on this practice. An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children are diverted from foster care to live with relatives each year. However, few jurisdictions collect data on the practice, making it challenging to understand these children’s experiences—and to decide whether kinship diversion is beneficial. For several years, with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Child Trends has sought answers to key questions about kinship diversion.