Kinship care: a look into differing characteristics of children placed in kin and foster placements
Child characteristics which include age at the time of entry into the foster care system, reason for removal, and ethnicity are examined among children in the foster care system residing in kinship and foster placements. Children of all ages are found to have higher rates of placement in foster homes than in kinship homes or any other type of placement. Infants are most often placed in foster homes; they are placed in foster homes three times more often than with kin. Children who were removed from their parents for neglect are more often placed with kin than in foster homes or other placement types as are children removed for “other” reasons. Children removed from their parents for physical or sexual abuse make up a small portion of the sample; both groups are found to be placed more frequently in foster homes than with kin. Finally, children with an ethnic background other than white are more often placed with kin than in foster homes or other placement types. Children who identified as white are more often placed in foster homes than with kin or in other types of placement.