Informal Kinship Care Most Common Out-of-Home Placement After an Investigation of Child Maltreatment

Feb 12, 2013 | by
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This fact sheet examines differences between urban and rural areas in foster care placement with informal kincaregivers. Kin care placement can be beneficial for children because they already know the caregivers and therefore have more placement stability. However, informal kin caregivers often receive fewer services, including financial assistance, than other types of substitute caregivers. Some kin caregivers prefer an informal placement because they do not want to upset the parent or weaken family relationships with them; sometimes they also distrust the protective agency or fear that the child will be removed from their home. But other kin caregivers wouldrather have the financial benefits—and Medicaid coverage for the child—associated with formal placement.