Maintaining Stable Familial Relationships
Monday, March 21, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Senate Committee Room 356
Key Issues to Consider:
• Kinship care is broadly defined as “the full-time nurturing and protection of children who must be separated from their parents, by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, godparents, stepparents, or other adults who have a kinship bond with a child.”
• Based on a 2009 systematic review sponsored by the Campbell Collaboration, evidence appears to show that:
o “[C]hildren placed with kin are less likely to achieve adoption and to utilize mental health services, while being more likely to still be in placement than are children in foster care.”
o “[C]hildren in kinship care experience better outcomes in regard to behaviour problems, adaptive behaviours, psychiatric disorders, well-being, placement stability (placement settings, number of placements, and placement disruption), guardianship, and institutional abuse than do children in foster care.” (Winok u r , 2014.)
o Generally, “children in kinship care are less likely to re-enter out-of-home care than are children in foster care.” (Winokur et al., Kinship Care for the Safety, Permanency, and Well-being of Children Removed from the Home for Maltreatment: A Systematic Review.)
• Several main implications that have come out of the systematic review for policymakers is whether licensing standards should be required for kin caregivers, and whether additional financial resources should be made available for these providers.
Janet Wilusz, Kinship Provider
Dr. Marc Winokur, Ph.D.
Director of the Social Work Research Center, CSU
Shannon Meddings, Senior Assistant City Attorney
Denver City Attorney's Office Human Services Section, Child Protection