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Take Me HomeProtecting America's Vulnerable Children and Families$
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Jill Duerr Berrick

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322620

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322620.001.0001

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Kinship Guardianship: Finding a Home Between Family and the State

Kinship Guardianship: Finding a Home Between Family and the State

(p.67) Chapter 5 Kinship Guardianship: Finding a Home Between Family and the State
Take Me Home

Jill Duerr Berrick

Oxford University Press

Kinship foster care — subsidized care provided by relatives — has ushered in a wholesale shift in philosophy where the stark lines between family and stranger have blurred. As kinship care has grown in prominence, new efforts to develop permanency options for children with kin have expanded. One of these options, subsidized kinship guardianship, allows the custodial rights of the child to be transferred from the state to an adult caregiver. Subsidized guardianship with relatives is complicated. It does not fit the traditional paradigm of stranger-based guardianship, and thus certain assumptions about the degree of distance between and protection from the birth parent and child may not necessarily fit. This chapter suggests that subsidized guardianship with relatives should be expanded, but should not be developed in a no-strings-attached policy environment. Efforts to develop monitoring mechanisms that ensure children’s custody arrangements remain safe and intact following case closure are essential.

Keywords:   relatives, family dynamics, permanency, subsidies, custodial rights, stranger-based guardianship, no-strings-attached policy

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