Possibilities and Pitfalls: The Role of Licensing in Supporting Relatives for Children in Foster Care

Licensing is important to consider when thinking about providing support for children in foster care, particularly in the context of kinship foster care. In order for a state to draw down federal funds for a foster home, it must be licensed, and that includes kinship placements.

This state reviewed the home licensing practices of thirteen states, with a particular eye on the inclusion of relative caregivers. In a number of states, the report said, the stated policy for supporting relatives is much better than what actually happens in most cases.

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