The Handbook of Families and Poverty covers hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system.  Readers will appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics.

Chapter 4: Who Will Care When Parents Can't?: An Overview of Trends in Kinship Care with a Focus on the Child-Only Provisions of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program

Who Will Care When Parents Can't?: An Overview of Trends in Kinship Care with a Focus on the Child-Only Provisions of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program

Who will care when parents can't?: An overview of trends in kinship care with a focus on the child-only provisions of the temporary assistance for needy families program

The care of children by relatives is not a new phenomenon. When a birth parent(s) can no longer provide for the child's basic needs, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings often step forward and provide for the child (Jones, Chipungu, & Hutton, 2003). Historically, these arrangements have been informal and tended not to involve state child welfare agencies (Geen, 2003). Whether formal or informal, this practice is commonly known as kinship ...

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