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When Foster Parents Are Kin.

Beeman, Sandra and Laura Boisen.

More and more foster children are being placed with relatives. In fact, placement with relatives is now preferred by law. But how successful are these placements? In 1997 a professor of social work and a graduate assistant examined records in Hennepin County in order to compare placements with relatives and with non-relatives. The research, part of a study begun for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, involved multiple phases and included comparisons of case files as well as interviews with child welfare professionals, birth parents, and foster parents. Placement with kin seems to be much more widely used in the metropolitan area than outstate. Children are most likely to be placed with grandparents. Birth parents are often involved in selecting the kin; in fact, many are already living with kin before formal placement is made. Children placed with nonkin are more likely to have been physically abused, while those placed with kin more often suffered from neglect. Foster parents who are not kin receive more services and training as well as more money. These disparities need to be addressed. Improvements in data collection and coordination across county and state lines are also needed.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported by grants from the Minnesota Department of Human Services and an interactive research grant from CURA and the Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota.
27 (1): 11-16.
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Reporter 27 (1)