Keeping Families Connected:
The Choice and Challenge of Kinship Care
Prof. Yolanda R. Green, Ph.D.; School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach
Prof. Emeriti Donna D. Petras, Ph. D.; Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago; and CWLA (Child Welfare League of America)
Valerie Lee, M.S.W. (May 2011); School of Social Work; California State University, Long Beach
When parents cannot take care of their children, relatives historically have stepped in to raise their younger family members. However, over the past 20 years, numerous factors have led to a significant increase in the number of children living with kin, either informally or through the public child welfare system. CWLA defines kinship care as the full-time care, nurturing, and protection of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, godparents, step-parents, or any adult with whom children have a kinship bond. Research documents how vital kinship care is in the lives of children, however, kinship families often experience challenges and barriers to receiving needed social services.
This Special Issue of Reflections will address the important role of kinship care in ensuring that children stay connected to their families of origin. Narratives from relative caregivers, child welfare practitioners, and others working with kinship caregivers are welcomed.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
Narratives must be received no later than January 1, 2012
Please email manuscripts to Prof. Yolanda R, Green, Special Issues Editor
WRITING INSTRUCTIONS AND SUBMISSION PROCESS: