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Kinship Care:



Participants strongly agreed that it is more
desirable to place a child with a relative than a stranger.


·      
If the
relative loves the child, the relative is much better than a stranger. The
child already knows them. Being a relative would mean that person would take
better care of the children, have a little more love and concern than a total
stranger. It’s less strange for them. They’re not taken away totally from their
families.


However, participants also voiced concerns
about relative placements.


·      
The
natural parent may still have too much access to the child.


·      
Abuse
can be a learned family trait, and a relative may be as abusive as the natural
parents.


·      
The
family as a whole could be permanently damaged. If they go back to the parents’
home, the tendency would be to show animosity toward the relatives because
they, in effect, took their kids away. It could tear a whole family apart.


Participants strongly agreed that kinship
caregivers must be thoroughly investigated before placing a child with them. No
one was opposed to giving kinship families some financial assistance but in the
all-Latino group, “Only if they truly need the money,” was an
important qualifier.





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