Kinship Care: Improving Practice Through Research

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James Patrick Gleeson, Creasie Finney Hairston
CWLA Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Family members have traditionally provided kinship care for each other in times of crisis. Recently, such care has become part of the child welfare system. This edited volume presents several studies designed to identify current knowledge about kinship care as a child welfare service. Presented in five parts, the book summarizes the current state of knowledge, discusses permanency planning, examines parent-child relationships in kinship foster care, addresses issues related to kin caregivers of children in the custody of the child welfare system, and proposes a research agenda. The chapters are: (1) "Kinship Care as a Child Welfare Service: What Do We Really Know?" (James P. Gleeson); (2) "Defining Best Practice in Kinship Care through Research and Demonstration" (Faith Johnson Bonecutter); (3) "Who Decides? Predicting Caseworkers' Adoption and Guardianship Discussions with Kinship Caregivers" (James P. Gleeson); (4) "Adoption and Subsidized Guardianship as Permanency Options in Kinship Foster Care: Barriers and Facilitating Conditions" (Sally J. Mason and James P. Gleeson); (5) "The Well-Being of Children in Kinship Foster Care" (Sandra J. Altshuler); (6) "Comparing Mothers of Children in Kinship Foster Care: Reunification vs. Remaining in Care" (Marian S. Harris); (7) "Casework Practice with Fathers of Children in Kinship Foster Care" (John M. O'Donnell); (8) "Kinship Care When Parents Are Incarcerated" (Creasie Finney Hairston); (9) "Child-Rearing Perspectives of Grandparent Caregivers" (Olga Osby); (10) "The Effect of Caregiver Preparation and Sense of Control on Adaptation of Kinship Caregivers" (Donna D. Petras); (11) "Caregiver Burden in Kinship Foster Care" (Rocco A. Cimmarusti); and (12) "Future Directions for Research on Kinship Care" (James P. Gleeson and Creasie Finney Hairston). (Each chapter contains references and 34 tables). (KB)

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