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What is Kinship Adoption?

What is Kinship Adoption?

If you have been reading up on adoption, you may have run across some terminology that left you scratching your head. One of these terms that many aren’t clear on is “kinship adoption.” The term kinship adoption refers to the adoption of a child or children by a relative.

When a parent or both parents are not able to provide appropriate care for their children, the children may be placed with extended family or other close family/friends with whom they already share a bond. This scenario is referred to as kinship care and is defined by the full time are and nurturing of a child/children by their own relatives, members of their tribe/clan, their stepparents, their godparents, etc. “Kinship” can refer to many different relationships; it is used to indicate that there is a “kinship bond” between the child and the adult they are placed with to receive the care and protection that they need. This terminology is meant to be inclusive and respectful of different cultural values and ties of affection between children and adults in their lives. The preferred implementation of kinship care and kinship adoption is intended to allow children to grow to adulthood in a family environment.

Kinship care and kinship adoptions have been in practice informally since the beginning of time. It is only in the last decade or two that the practice has been implemented on a more official level in order to provide homes for children in need.

About Kinship Care and Kinship Adoption:

  • Statistics indicate that there are approximately 157,298 children currently living in a grandparent’s household.
  • Additionally, there are approximately 35,333 children living in the households of other relatives.
  • Statistics also indicate that kinship care is more likely to result in closer ties with biological parents and siblings in comparison to situations where care is provided outside of the biological “family” sphere. There is typically more communication with biological parents/siblings (visits, calls, letters, etc.) when a child is in kinship care.
  • Children who are placed in kinship care are less likely to have multiple placements. They are also less likely to be reunited with their parents and more likely to remain where they are placed.
  • There is a multitude of support groups and resources for parents and families considering kinship adoption.
  • Children and adoptive parents can benefit from kinship adoption with reduced attachment issues, increased feelings of trust, and improved emotional regulation.
If you have questions regarding the process necessary for a kinship adoption, we can help. Get in touch with an experienced kinship adoption attorney today at Arizona Family Law Attorneys.
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