Let's help caregivers and children in Informal Kinship Care: De Facto Custodian Legislation

Priscilla A. Gibson, Shweta Singh

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Abstract

Caregivers in informal kinship care encounter numerous difficulties when lacking a legal relationship with the children in their care. The de facto custodian guardianship, a concept that is relatively unknown in social work, provides an additional legal option to care-givers by allowing them to present their caregiving history during custody hearings. This article introduces the significance of the de facto concept and provides detailed information on its components and limitations. Recommendations are forwarded for social education and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-97
Number of pages19
JournalChild Welfare
Volume89
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

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