Family matters? The effect of kinship care on foster care disruption rates
2015 (English)In: Child Abuse & Neglect, ISSN 0145-2134, Vol. 48, 68-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Compared with other types of out-of-home care, kinship care is cheap, and offers the child a more familiar environment. However, little is known about the causal effect of kinship care on important outcomes. This study is the first to estimate causal effects of kinship care on placement stability, using full-sample administrative data (N = 13,157) and instrumental variables methods. Results show that, in a sample of children of age 0–17 years, kinship care is as stable as other types of care, and only when the kin caregiver is particularly empathic and dutiful does this type of care prove more stable. Thus, in terms of stability, most children do not benefit additionally from being placed with kin.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 48, 68-79 p.
Kinship care, Placement stability, Instrumental variables methods
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-121434DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.06.005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-121434DiVA: diva2:858117