Kinship Care in Texas

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Scott McCown /(512) 320-0222 x 109

May 1, 2004

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When the state must remove a child from a parent for the child's protection, the child is often best served by placement with a relative, commonly called kinship care. When a judge makes a placement decision, however, the judge must determine the best interest of a particular child. This determination can be extraordinarily complex. In this policy brief, we discuss these complexities and make recommendations about how to enhance the use of kinship care.