Time for Reform: Support Relatives in Providing Foster Care and Permanent Families for Children

Kids Are Waiting

Children in out-of-home placements with relatives tend to be as safe as, or safer than, children placed with unrelated caregivers, according to this report from the Pew Charitable Trusts and Generations United. Approximately one-quarter of the estimated 500,000 children in foster care live with relatives.

The report presents the latest findings about the impact relative care has on foster kids, describes the role of relatives as permanent families for the children in their care, and offers cost-effective ways for federal policy to support relatives as caregivers. Free. 16 pages. (202) 421-3578,


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