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Permanent Kinship Placement

Child Protective Services (CPS)

This article, reproduced from a brochure by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, contains information on kinship placements of children.

When a child is removed from his or her biological parents, Child Protective Services (“CPS”) will try to place the child with a family member first. This is called “kinship care” or “relative care.” A benefit of kinship placement is that the child will be able to have stability while maintaining family bonds during a difficult time in their life.

Special thanks to the Texas Young Lawyers Association. This article is reproduced in part from its Permanent Kinship Placement brochure.

Introduction

As a kinship caregiver, your willingness to open your home to raise a child who has come into the state’s care or custody due to abuse or neglect, shows how selfless you are and the amazing amount of love and care you have for others. There comes a point in the court process where a determination is made whether or not the child can be returned home or whether a more permanent solution is needed. This brochure addresses what becoming a permanent kinship caregiver means and your rights and obligations as a permanent kinship placement. 

What does kinship mean?

When a child is removed from his or her biological parents, Child Protective Services (“CPS”) will try to place the children with a family member first. This is called “kinship care” or “relative care.” A benefit of kinship placement is that the child will be able to have stability while maintaining family bonds during a difficult time in their life. 

About the Full Publication

The full publication contains information on the following:

  • Kinship Placement 
  • Managing Conservatorship
  • Rights of the Birth Parents
  • Child Support
  • Assistance Programs for Kinship placements

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    This brochure addresses what becoming a permanent kinship caregiver means and your rights and obligations as a permanent kinship placement