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Web Resources: Relative Placement for Foster Children

Emily KruegerEmily Krueger, Permanency Planning for Children Department, NCJFCJ

Summary: When a child cannot be returned to a safe home environment, relative placement or kinship care may be the best option. The following information provides guidance for judges and judicial stakeholders when working with potential relative placements for foster children.



Legal Resources


Fostering Connections Through Kinship/ Guardianship:

Fatherhood Resources


Finding Your Way - Guides for Fathers in Child Protection Cases:

Judicial Bench Cards: 

Engaging Nonresident (Noncustodial) Fathers in Child Welfare Cases:

Read a two-part article series in the ABA’s Child Court Works journal on policy and practice reform to engage non-resident fathers in child welfare cases:

Grandparents and Other Relatives

New Help for Children Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives: Questions and Answers about the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008:



Edwards, L., (2010) Relative Placement in Child Protection Cases: A Judicial Perspective Juvenile and Family Court Journal 61, no. 2 (Spring) ABA Center on Children and the Law: ABA Child Law Practice, Vol. 29 No.12.

General Resources

Information Packet: Relative Placements, National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning:

Editor's Note: For additional information on the fatherhood initiative, please see the November 2009 issue of The Judges' Page entitled "Identifying, Locating and Engaging Fathers in Dependency Court Cases."


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