While most people think of a children’s parents when it comes to custody, sometimes they’re not the ones who are chosen to take care of children. For many generations, extended families have helped to raise children when their parents are unable to. It is commonly referred to as kinship care by Child Protective Services.
Why would a child need kinship care
When children are unable to remain at the home of their parents due to safety concerns, they may be removed by Child Protective Services. In this event, Child Protective Services often considers placing the child with family members. Children tend to feel safer when they’re in the hands of relatives than people that they have never met before.
When it comes to making decisions about child custody after removal by Child Protective Services, often there is a family group decision-making conference. This is where all members of the family attend the meeting where they discuss who would be the best person to take care of the child. Before the child is put in custody of family members like grandparents, a home assessment is done to ensure that the property is safe and appropriate for a child.
Benefits of grandparents having custody
Being able to have a child placed with their grandparents over foster care comes along with many different benefits. First of all, when grandparents are looking after the child is helps to keep a sense of hope that the child can remain close to their birth family. Living with grandparents usually is easier for children as they’re familiar and they trust grandparents over unknown individuals. By staying with their extended family, children are able to enjoy their sense of cultural identity given to them by their blood family.
When parents are unable to properly care for a child, they can get placed in the custody of the child’s grandparents. Child Protective Services opts for placing children with their grandparents or extended family over foster care if possible. There are many benefits that grandparents can offer a child that a foster home cannot.