Title

Kinship Care for African American Children Disproportionate and Disadvantageous

Publication Date

8-1-2008

Document Type

Article

Abstract

To highlight the individual and systemic practices that perpetuate the overuse of and reliance on kinship care and instead emphasize family reunification as the permanency plan for African American children in the child welfare system, the authors first discuss how kinship care is affected by federal child welfare policy and provide a historical perspective on how that policy has evolved. They then discuss the number and proportion of African American children entering the child welfare system and receiving kinship foster care, distinguishing between formal and informal kinship care. The conclusion addresses implications for practice and research, including the need to reevaluate child welfare policies, and demonstrates that kinship care is overused and detrimental for African American children.

Publication Title

Journal of Family Issues

Volume

29

Issue

8

First Page

1013

Last Page

1030

DOI

10.1177/0192513X08316543

Version

pre-print, post-print

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