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From the Bench: Kinship Providers vs. Relative Care Providers

by Judge Brent Elliot

Grandparents, great-grandparents, brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, stepparents, stepbrothers, stepsisters, uncles, or aunts frequently serve as relative care providers. Relative care is, theoretically, the least restrictive family-like setting for children requiring out-of-home placement. It is the court’s hope that relative care placement will reinforce the social status that comes from belonging to a family and the sense of identity and self-esteem that is inherent in knowing one’s

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