Journal article

A Kinship Care Practice Framework: Using a Life Course Approach

Marie Connolly, Meredith Kiraly, Lynne McCrae, Gaye Mitchell

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2017

Abstract

In recent years, kinship care has become a major contributor to the delivery of out-ofhome care services in most Western jurisdictions. Over time, statutory kinship care has been modelled on the more established foster-care system. Yet the particular nature of kinship care differs from stranger care arrangements in important ways. This often results in kinship carers and their children being disadvantaged and poorly responded to within foster-care-dominated systems. This article discusses the development of a kinship care practice framework that responds to the particular needs of kith and kin carers and the children they care for within statutory systems of care, and which also takes into a..

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