Departmental Papers (SPP)

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

2012

Publication Source

Normal Family Processes: Growing Diversity and Complexity

Start Page

196

Last Page

221

Abstract

Over thousands of years and across diverse cultures and contexts, extended families have provided care for children. When children cannot be cared for by their parents, care provided by other relatives and close nonrelatives, known as "kinship care," is increasingly recognized as the favored alternative for children in need of foster care. "Formal" arrangements involve the child welfare system; "informal" arrangements, without child welfare involvement, may still involve formal procedures, including legal custody and decision-­making power. Informal kinship care is also referred to as "private kinship care," and formal kinship care is also referred to as "kinship foster care," when the state assumes custody of the child, and "voluntary kinship care," when the state does not assume custody (Geen, 2003b). Unless noted, this chapter uses the term "

Copyright/Permission Statement

© 2012 Guilford Press. Reprinted with permission of The Guilford Press.

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Date Posted: 13 February 2017