Kinship care is a way for Virginia’s children to stay connected to family when they are unable to live with their parents. When children enter foster care, relatives often can become a kinship foster parent. Kinship care can reduce trauma, promote stability, and maintain family and cultural connections.
In Virginia’s Kin-First culture, foster parents play a critical role in allowing children who enter foster care to maintain connections with their families. Children in foster care need a sense of belonging and keeping them connected with their communities and families preserves vital relationships intended to last a lifetime.