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Kinship Foster Care

Edited by Rebecca L. Hegar and Maria Scannapieco

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780195109405
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109405.001.0001

Series: Child Welfare: A Series in Child Welfare Practice, Policy, and Research

Kinship Foster Care

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As the number of children in foster care increases and the number of potential foster families declines, more than thirty-one percent of all children in state custody are now being placed with extended family members who collect payment for their care. This raises many important and controversial issues regarding the meaning of family, the role of government, and the nature of welfare. Although professional literature on the subject continues to expand, knowledge on this subject remains scarce. This book analyses what is considered to be the fastest growing type of substitute care for children in state custody. It assembles the thinking and research of researchers, policy advocates, and practice specialists from several professional fields, detailing their work, research, and thoughts concerning the three topics of kinship care: policy, practice, and research.

Keywords: foster care; foster families; family; government; welfare; substitute care; state custody

Book.  266 pages.  Illustrated.

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<i>Whanau</i> Knows Best in Kinship Foster Care

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