“Capturing caregiver data: An examination of kinship care custodial arrangements”

Strozier, Anne L., and Kerry Krisman.  Children and Youth Services Review 29, no. 2 (2007): 226-246.

This study examines the experiences of both formal and informal kinship caregivers by presenting data collected from June 2003 to October 2005 from the Kinship Care Warmline in Florida. The Kinship Warmline is a referral telephone line offering information, education and emotional support on kinship care issues. The researchers collected data on three questions: “(1) What are the demographics and basic needs of a large group of kinship caregivers in a Southern state? (2) Do kinship caregiver and children demographics differ by formal versus informal custody arrangements? (3) Do the needs identified by kinship caregivers differ significantly by formal versus informal custody arrangements?” Their results showed that the biggest difference between formal versus informal kinship caregivers were found for the need for more information on available resources and counseling services for children.

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