The Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence offers a course for relatives and other closely connected adults caring for children who need a safe place to live. Kinship Care 101: For Relatives and Suitable Others addresses the specific needs of licensed or unlicensed caregivers involved with the Children’s Administration by focusing on:
- Navigating the child welfare system.
- Managing emotional, legal, and financial issues.
- Accessing resources and services.
In 2016, up to 51 percent of children placed in Washington state-mandated out-of-home care were living with relatives or other suitable adults who had a significant relationship with a child who needed a home.
Children placed with caring relatives or close family friends instead of nonrelatives in the state foster care system experience major benefits, including greater stability, fewer behavioral problems, and the chance to maintain familial ties and cultural connections.