Kinship vs Foster Care Which one is better for the children?

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012, there were 2.7 million grandparents who had the primary responsibility for caring for their grandchildren who lived with them.

There is a crisis in this country and its not the children trying to get in through border. It is the children left behind when their natural parents are no longer able to care to them. This could be due to drug and alcohol use, poverty, or mental illness. What is the best solution for these children? Are you prepared to take care of children in your family if there parents are unable too? If you decide to take on this responsibility what support can you expect from the city or state child welfare organizations? what is kinship care and is better for the children than being placed in a foster home?

Today's guest answers that question and much more, our guest today is Lisa Stevens- Cutner. Lisa Stevens-Cutner has 31 years’ experience in Child Welfare at the Cuyahoga County Ohio Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS). She has nine (9) years as a Direct Service worker; nine (9) years as an Ongoing Supervisor; Four (4) years as a Senior Manager of a Direct Service Department and nine (9) years as the Senior Manager of Community Initiatives. Mrs. Stevens-Cutner holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science Degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSSA) and was a Child Welfare Fellow.

Lisa is a 31 year veteran at the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services where she serves as the Senior Manager of Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruitment Unit, as well as the Kinship Permanency Incentive Program (KPIP), which is a state program created to support children in the homes of family or friends who have committed to caring for them when birth parents cannot.

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