Redefining Kin to Maintain Family Connections
Child Welfare Information Gateway National Foster Care Month: 2019
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Children's Bureau, 3rd Floor 330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Tel: 800.394.3366 703.385.7565
Highlights one woman's foster care placement as a young adult with a family she describes as her own "kin." As a teenager in Texas, she was asked to choose between remaining in a kinship placement with a member of her biological family and changing to traditional foster care with a family not biologically related to her. She chose to move into foster care. She says her foster family is the one she considers her true family, and they have redefined the meaning of the word "kin" for her. Her foster family encouraged her to maintain connections with her biological family members and made sure she would be able to sustain those relationships later in life. This Real-Life Story was developed as part of National Foster Care Month 2019.
OUT OF HOME CARE; RESILIENCE; FOSTER ADOLESCENTS; POST PLACEMENT; FOSTER CARE; TEMPORARY PLACEMENT; KINSHIP CARE