Responding to the call: An innovative conceptual model for kinship care assessment

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Title: Responding to the call: An innovative conceptual model for kinship care assessment
Authors: O'Brien, Valerie
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9972
Date: 25-Oct-2012
Online since: 2019-04-16T09:05:54Z
Abstract: It is generally accepted that kinship care is different to foster care. However, as it has emerged as an increasingly important care option in many jurisdictions, child welfare services deal with it as if it was analogous to traditional foster care. Kinship care systems have been grafted onto foster care systems, and this has caused difficulties for all involved. The assessment of the kinship home poses particular challenges. The provision in many jurisdictions which permits an initial assessment of the kinship home, thereby enabling an emergency placement, is to be welcomed from a child-centred perspective. Nonetheless it also poses challenges, in that agencies frequently fail to meet the designated time-frame for completion of the assessment / approval process. This has given rise to calls for the development of different conceptual models for kinship care service delivery, especially for the difficulty-prone assessment aspect. In response, this article introduces an innovative model of assessment. The model arises from the author’s involvement in research on kinship care in Ireland, and draws on the international literature on the topic. The resultant model offers an approach to assessment that would fit with many legislative, policy and practice contexts and has relevance for kinship care assessments internationally.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Child and Family Social Work
Volume: 19
Issue: 3
Start page: 355
End page: 366
Copyright (published version): 2012 Wiley
Keywords: AssessmentApprovalEvaluation and Screening of Kinship HomeHome StudySocial Constructionist and SystemicCase Management
DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12025
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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