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<i>Whanau</i> Knows Best

Joy Swanson Ernst

in Kinship Foster Care

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780195109405
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109405.003.0008

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

Whanau Knows Best

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This chapter examines the child care and protection system in New Zealand. It begins with a historical background of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act of 1989, focusing on the provisions of the 1989 Act relevant to kinship care. The chapter then describes the organization and structure of the New Zealand Young Persons and Their Families Services (NZCYPFS), provides statistical information, and discusses the role of community agencies. The process used by the NZCYPFS to respond to a report of child abuse or neglect is considered. Four themes arising in kinship care practice are discussed: availability of family, assessment of caregivers, financial help, and support and monitoring.

Keywords: kinship care; foster care; child placement; child welfare; Children; NZCYPFS

Chapter.  13075 words. 

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