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What do you need to know about kinship care?

What do you need to know about kinship care?

Topics covered include the types and benefits of kinship care, training for caseworkers and caregivers, specific strategies for supporting kinship caregivers, and examples of successful State and local child welfare programs that provide services to kinship caregivers.

How old do you have to be to be a kinship caregiver?

Kinship caregivers, however, are encouraged and supported to take any of the training provided to foster caregivers. All foster and kinship caregivers who care for infants 36 months of age or less take a specialized course on caring for infants.

When to adopt a child from a kinship family?

Placement with relatives, or kin, is often the first option considered by foster care workers when children cannot safely remain in their parents’ home or cannot be reunited with them. Kinship families often have different needs and face different challenges than families who adopt children unrelated to them.

How are Foster and kinship caregivers paid in Alberta?

Foster and kinship caregivers receive financial compensation to cover all of a child’s day-to-day costs. This includes:

Can a kinship caregiver take care of a child?

Grandparents or other kin are no longer able to care for children under an informal arrangement. In these situations, the kinship caregiver may have planned to care for the children for a long time without agency help, but an unexpected circumstance forces the caregiver to seek help from the child welfare agency.

How does child welfare work to promote kinship care?

Helps child welfare professionals promote kinship care by providing kinship caregivers with information, referral, and support services to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in their care.

Placement with relatives, or kin, is often the first option considered by foster care workers when children cannot safely remain in their parents’ home or cannot be reunited with them. Kinship families often have different needs and face different challenges than families who adopt children unrelated to them.

What are the pros and cons of kinship foster care?

It can be comforting for children to hear stories about their parents from someone who knows them. A grandmother may be able to reassure a child in care that his mother loves him, but is unable to take care of him, in a very real way. Cons of Kinship Foster Care