Geen, Rob. The future of children (2004): 131-149.
Although kinship care has increasingly become a preferred alternative to foster care across the country, the majority of federal and state policy have been slow to support this growing demographic. The author discusses the challenges kinship families face because of the haphazard evolution of licensing policy and practices. He argues that since kinship caregivers tend to be older (many are grandparents), have lower incomes, poorer health and less education when compared to non-kin foster parents, they are in need of policy that better serves their specific needs.