Children's Voice Mar/Apr 2008

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Guardianship Programs for Children Exiting Care

Although front-end subsidized guardianship programs provide assistance for relatives before kids enter foster care, subsidized guardianship programs are also available in 38 states and the District of Columbia for children exiting the foster care system. These programs are increasingly seen as viable options when children cannot return home or be adopted.

Supported guardianship has become a viable permanency option for tens of thousands of children for whom adoption is not an option, allowing relatives and other caring adults to take custody of children and make important decisions on their behalf, without having to terminate parental rights.

Learn more at Generations United or ChildFocus.

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