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Kinship Foster Care: Policy, Practice, and Research

Rebecca L. Hegar and Maria Scannapieco


As the number of children in foster care increases and the number of potential foster families declines, more than thirty-one percent of all children in state custody are now being placed with extended family members who collect payment for their care. This raises many important and controversial issues regarding the meaning of family, the role of government, and the nature of welfare. Although professional literature on the subject continues to expand, knowledge on this subject remains scarce. This book analyses what is considered to be the fastest growing type of substitute care for children ... More

Keywords: foster care, foster families, family, government, welfare, substitute care, state custody

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195109405
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109405.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca L. Hegar, editor
University of Texas

Maria Scannapieco, editor
University of Texas

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CHAPTER 1 Kinship Foster Care in Context

Maria Scannapieco, and Rebecca L. Hegar

PART I Kinship Care Policy

CHAPTER 4 The Case for Kinship Adoption Laws

Marianne Takas, and Rebecca L. Hegar

PART II Kinship Care Practice

CHAPTER 7 Paradigm Shift

Sondra M. Jackson

CHAPTER 8 Whanau Knows Best

Joy Swanson Ernst

PART III Kinship Care Research

CHAPTER 10 Role Perceptions of Kinship and Other Foster Parents in Family Foster Care

Peter J. Pecora, Nicole S. Le Prohn, and John J. Nasuti

Chapter 11 Kin as a Family and Child Welfare Resource

Jill Duerr Berrick, Barbara Needell, and Richard P. Barth

Chapter 12 Behavior Problems of Teens in Kinship Care

Raymond H. Starr, Howard Dubowitz, Donna Harrington, and Susan Feigelman

PART IV Conclusion

End Matter