Kinship Care

Kinship care refers to raising of children by grandparents, uncles, aunties or other relatives or close family friends because the biological parents are either unwilling or unable to do so. There are so many reasons why a parent may be unwilling or unable to care for their child, including death, incarceration, illness, substance abuse and financial instability. Kinship care arrangements are largely informal and the child (in care) is often related by blood or marriage. This arrangement is also known as "kincare" or "relative care". Kinship placement often allow children to maintain connections to communities, schools and family members, increase the likelihood of eventual reunification with biological/birth parents, is less costly (to taxpayers) than formal foster care and keeps many children out of the foster care system.  

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