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The authors of this paper write that kinship practice is increasingly being seen as a best practice model in child protective services (CPS) settings. Kinship practice can be used in a number of ways as a diversion strategy: support for families while children remain in their biological parents’ home; temporary out-of-home placements; and permanent out-of-home placements. In this framework, the authors examine the following: the traditional relationship between kinship resources and CPS; principles to guide the adoption of kinship orientation in CPS; strategies use by a particular state child protection agency to build such an orientation; and family group decision-making as a means of increasing kin resources in child protection planning and service delivery.

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