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Kinship Care

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Increasing Child Well-Being Through Practice, Policy, and Research

Author: Ramona Denby PhD, MSW, LSW, ACSW

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“Dr. Denby has given the practice community an invaluable gift. This text provides detailed insight and compelling content like no other relative torudiments, nuances, and innovations of kinship care.”

—Keith A. Alford, PhD, School of Social Work, Syracuse University

“Comprehensive, descriptive, and instructive…this book is clear and thoughtful and offers practical insight along with scholarly acumen. A wonderfuladdition to the child welfare literature.”

—Ruby M. Gourdine, DSW, LICSW, School of Social Work, Howard University

“With this book, Dr. Denby makes a significant contribution to the field by assisting child welfare practitioners in using relationship-building models tosupport kinship families.”

—Peter J. Pecora, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Kinship care is one of the most prevalent forms of placement used for maltreated children and youths. This book is the first to provide a systematic andtheory-informed approach to preparing caregivers and practitioners for the vital role they play in the lives of abused and neglected children. Childwelfare students and practitioners will learn evidence-based practice and policy strategies that foster attachment, identity, and belongingness inchildren, enabling the children to reconnect and establish important relationships and social supports that are vital to their development. Case examplesthroughout the text illustrate the practical application of strategies and policy approaches.


  • Presents an evidence-based, relationship-building framework for achieving the major child welfare goals of protection, permanency, and well-being
  • Considers political, social, cultural, and economic contexts
  • Addresses varied options for kinship relationships
  • Provides discussion questions, activities, and case examples to enhance learning

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 25, 2015
  • Page Count 312
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826125323
  • EISBN 9780826125330

About The Author(s) 

Ramona W. Denby, PhD, MSW, LSW, ACSW , is Professor, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, School of Social Work, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and has taught for more than 20 years at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is also the Senior Resident Scholar of Social Services with The Lincy Institute. Since joining the UNLV faculty, Dr. Denby has served as Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program and Associate Dean for Research. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and the book African American Children and Families in Child Welfare (2013). As an expert in child welfare services, programs, and policy, she has been competitively awarded more than $13 million in state, federal, and foundation grants to conduct empirical research and train child welfare practitioners. Dr. Denby has presented numerous conference papers, both invited and peer reviewed, on the topic of kinship care. One of the federal grants, Caring Communities, for which Dr. Denby and her team received in the amount of $2.5 million, enabled her to design and test the effectiveness of a peer-to-peer kinship caregiver support model. Inspired by more than 10 years as a practicing social worker, Dr. Denby developed a child welfare sequence and related curricula that established graduate-level education for future child welfare practitioners.

Table of Contents 

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1. Theoretical Perspectives on Relationship Building, Belongingness, and Connection

2. Historical Factors Influencing Placement of Children With Kin

3. Kinship Policy Analysis

4. Defining Kinship Care: Caregivers and the Children in Their Care

5. Safety for Children in Kinship Care

6. Increasing the Well-Being of Children in Kinship Care

7. Permanence for Children in Kinship Care: More Than a Legal or Federal Classification

8. Macro-Level Change and Kinship Care Research

9. The Role of Workforce Development in Increasing the Well-Being of Children in Kinship Care

Appendix A. Federal Timeline: Most Salient Legislation Influencing Kinship Care Policy

Appendix B. Who Are the Children in Kinship Care, Who Cares for Them, and What Are Their Experiences?