Kinship carer or relative foster parent? – financial implications of temporary fostering of a child

The present research shows that there are cases where a child is not placed with relatives because the legal institution of relative foster care is not commonly known in everyday life and the parties involved are not aware of it during the guardianship proceedings. The legal institution of foster care by a relative can, if properly regulated, create the possibility in many individual cases for a child to be brought up by his or her family until one of the parents is able to take him or her back, or even permanently, since fostering can be maintained until the child becomes independent, in which case it can also provide a post-foster status or financial support for the young adult’s start in life. For this to happen, however, the parties involved must be aware of the option. Read more… (Eszter Hegedüs)