Kinship care is the full-time care, nurturing, and protection provided to a child by a relative or family friend. Most children living with kin are in informal arrangements established within families. Children can also be placed with kin by state child welfare agencies when they cannot safely live with their parent(s).
For children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, placement in kinship foster homes is often the best option for ensuring that they are able to maintain familial and community connections and minimize the trauma of being separated from parents.
To learn more about kinship care in Rhode Island, please see
Focus on Kinship Care
. This publication has been updated with the latest 2014-2016 data.