The practice of kin parenting children when their parents cannot is a time-honored tradition in most cultures and a primary and valuable permanency option. When children cannot safely remain with their biological parents, kinship parenting preserves children’s right to both a nurturing and loving family and connections with their family of origin, history and heritage. Kinship parenting provides a strong foundation upon which a loving, caring relationship has a firm footing and can flourish. Just as kinship caregivers step up for children, society must rally to ensure supports and services keep these families strong.
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LEGISLATION & ADMINISTRATION ACTION
- Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (2008, P.L. 110-351)
- Completion of Adoption Incentives Reauthorization Hoped for Spring (Children’s Monitor, 3/25/14)
- Guide to Fostering Connections for Children Raised by Relatives
- CWLA’s Fostering ConnectionsTestimony – House Ways and Means Subcommittee (9/15/2009)
- CWLA comments to HHS regarding proposed rule changes for administrative costs to IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance