Source: Nina Williams-Mbengue, National Conference of State Legislatures, LegisBrief, Vol. 16, no. 28, June/July 2008
State child welfare agencies increasingly rely on placing children whose parents cannot or will not assume responsibility for them with grandparents and other relatives. These placements can improve stability for children, and state and federal policies give preference for placing children with relatives. Policymakers can support over-burdened state agencies by crafting legislation and recommending initiatives that help states to better identify and recruit relatives and other caring adults to provide for a child’s safety, well-being and permanency.