Legal and Financial Differences Between Adoption and Kinship Legal Guardianship (KLG)
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) Division of Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P) strives to support all youth in care to achieve legal permanency
through reunification, adoption, or kinship legal guardianship (KLG). This document outlines legal and financial information regarding adoption and KLG. Additional information is
provided regarding policy, practice, and supports related to non-permanency CP&P case goals to provide a full picture of permanency options available
Big shift in NJ foster care — 70% of kids placed with ‘kin’
When kids in New Jersey need to be taken from their homes due to unfortunate circumstances such as abuse and neglect, their next stop isn’t what most people may think of as a traditional foster home.
There’s been a big push in the Garden State to connect these kids with a relative, family friend or close contact, because statistics suggest these types of connections make a big difference in outcomes for the impacted children.
BLOG: Kinship Care and New Jersey’s Revised Kinship Legal Guardianship Act
Kinship care – placing children with relatives rather than non-relative foster parents – is associated with significant benefits for children and youth, including improved mental and behavioral health. Specifically, kinship care may help mitigate the trauma of removal when children are placed with relative caregivers who they know and with whom they share a relationship. As a result, children and youth in kinship care are less likely to experience behavioral challenges compared to children and youth in other placement settings.
Bill reintroduced in U.S. House to support grandparents raising grandchildren
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWLP) – U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (MA-02) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) reintroduced the Grandfamily Housing Act, a bill to create a new, nationwide pilot program to provide funding to help grandparents raising their grandchildren access safe, affordable and appropriate housing.
Family Matters: Multigenerational living is on the rise and here to stay.
Our results are clear: multigenerational living is indeed on the rise in 2021, with more than 1 in 4
Americans (26%) living in a household with 3 or more generations. Given our finding in 2011 that 7
percent of Americans lived in a multigenerational household,4 this means that multigenerational living
has nearly quadrupled in the past decade (a 271 percent increase from 20115 to 2021). This finding is
incredibly striking, and our survey reveals some of the impetus for this staggering growth.
Coronavirus Relief Bill Includes $10 Million for Kinship Care Center
All but unnoticed in news coverage of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package President Joe Biden signed on Thursday is $10 million to start up a technical assistance center to help relative caregivers who step up to fill in for parents whose children have been taken away from them.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact every aspect of our lives. This public health emergency has presented unprecedented challenges to our schools and communities. In June, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) released The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan providing necessary information and considerations for a return to in-person instruction to our school district leaders. Since the provision of those guidelines, districts have made difficult decisions regarding the safe reopening of their schools based upon local needs assessments, staffing capacities, current enrollment numbers, and the unique physical structures within each school. New Jersey students and educators returned to school utilizing operational models such as: hybrid learning, remote instruction, or full in-person instruction. While districts have approached the challenge of school reopening in a variety of ways, all school communities are facing the same fundamental reality that their students and staff have endured, and continue to endure, significant stress and trauma as a result of the ongoing pandemic.