Where the money goes: Foster families get paid, relatives caring for children get nothing

A quarter of all foster children in 2021 were placed in kinship care, with Native American children accounting for 53% of the kinship placements, according to the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Bruner and other kinship families say the lack of support is a massive barrier preventing others from accepting a kinship placement. Foster families also say they don’t have the state support needed to properly care for children in the system, leading to burnout and poor retention rates among foster homes.

Read the full article at the Argus Leader.