This Kinship Informational Network (KIN) link, provides web-based resources specifically for the needs of kinship care families.
Kinship care, or family caring for family, is a natural, out-of-home placement option for children which successfully meets their need for safety, permanency and well-being. While this alternative has been utilized for centuries in some cultures, its official foray into the American foster care system occurred only in 1987, through Policy Announcement ACYF-PA-8702. Today, 26% of the 581,000 children in foster care are placed with relatives (Adoption and Foster Care Reporting System). Opinions, knowledge, policies and programs regarding kinship care do vary, but one thing is clear: kinship foster care is here to stay.