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Keeping Youth at the Center of Kinship Care Practice: Prioritizing Relationships, Community, and Culture
September 13, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
September is Kinship Care Month! Historically, kinship care has been common in many communities of color to sustain family relationships and protect and preserve their culture and history. Research also indicates that placing children in the care of relatives or kin reduces the trauma of family separation; helps children maintain a sense of family, belonging, and identity; and supports reunification efforts.
These benefits have led to increasing attention on kinship care as an optimal placement when family separation is necessary. During Kinship Care Month, we demonstrate our commitment to a family-centered child welfare system and recognize the importance of prioritizing kinship placements and supporting kin caregivers. Together, we can provide caregivers and agencies with the resources and tools they need to improve reunification odds and positive long-term outcomes.