Kinship Despite these challenges, kinship caregivers often receive

Kinship caregivers typically have less experience with the child welfare system than non-kin. Despite these challenges, kinship caregivers often receive less training, less supervision, and fewer services than non-kin caregivers. They may not receive the support they need to nurture and protect the children in their care. (Geen, 2004) Wisconsin now requires kin to go through a training because According to the Administrative Code, “the purposes of foster parent training are to: 1. Improve the quality of care provided to children who live in foster or adoptive homes. 2. Prepare foster and adoptive families to care for and provide stability for foster children in their homes. 3. Promote communication, respect, and understanding among all involved parties, with a focus on working for the best interests of the foster child. 4.Provide opportunities to foster parents to mutually explore their values, strengths, limitations, and needs as they relate to compatibility with foster and adoptive children. 5. Develop an understanding of the child welfare system and the importance of permanency for children. 6.Encourage foster and adoptive parent networking and the use of resources.” (Children’s Rights, 2011)  These are all important factors that have been implemented and can benefit the guardians and children. Assumptions about these individuals appear to have influenced the policymakers. “Policy makers are still ambivalent about the appropriate responsibilities of Kin in the child welfare system.”(Mckin, 1998)  Whether family member should be considered family providing informal supports, remains a tension that is yet to be solved. Paying kinship parents is controversial, some argue that kin should not be paid for the caring of a related child since it is part of familial responsibility. These arguments view kinship care from caregiver perspective rather than the child. (Geen,2004)

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