Kinship Caregivers

Family

Why Relative Placement Is Best for a Child in Need of Care

While a foster home can care for a child, there are often many relatives willing to step up, and there is no comparison to the benefits of a family‚Äôs love and connection. By Avery Alexson Guidry Child in Need of … Read More

Family First Prevention Services Act: Implementing the Provisions that Support Kinship Families

The Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First Act) makes historic reforms to the childwelfare system to better support children, families, and kinship caregivers, and promote a kin-firstculture. Many of the reforms have significant implications for connecting children to kinship … Read More

Family First Prevention Services Act Website

Signed into law on February 9, 2018, as a part of the Bipartisan Budget Act (HR. 1892), Family First includes long-overdue historic reforms to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care. In … Read More

Education Stability for Foster Care

Supporting School Stability for Children in Foster Care during COVID-19 and Beyond

As a judge overseeing child welfare cases, you play a critical role ensuring children and youth in foster care are staying on track and making progress in school. Federal law prioritizes education stability for these children and mandates coordination by … Read More

COVID-19 and Child Welfare: A Series of Virtual Meetings [Webpage]

This webpage explains the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is releasing a five-part series of interactive virtual meetings from June through August 2020, intended to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the State and federal policy responses … Read More

Updated Database on Foster Care Placements

NCCPR has updated its interactive database on foster care placements. The database shows the proportion of children in each type of “care” (kinship foster care, foster care with strangers, group homes and institutions, etc.) in 2009 and 2010. Data are … Read More

COVID-19: Child Welfare Resources

Below are four resource guides to help state legislators address the negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on children, families and caseworkers involved with the child welfare system. The resource guides address the following topics: COVID-19 and Child Welfare Caseworkers, … Read More