Kinship Care for the Safety, Permanency, and Well- Being of Children Removed from the Home for Maltreatment: A Systematic Review by Marc Winokur, Amy Holtan, and Keri E. Batchelder
Kinship care is increasingly utilised in many Western countries as an alternative to placing children who have been maltreated in residential settings or with unrelated foster families.
The behavioural and mental health, and the well-being, of children placed in kinship care is better than that of children placed in foster care. Children in kinship care experience fewer placement disruptions and incidents of institutional abuse. The likelihood that guardianship is awarded to relatives is higher for children in kinship care compared to foster care.