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Kinship Care Assessment: Licensure and Approval

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Phone: (828) 465-8901

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3050 11th Avenue Drive SE
Hickory, NC 28602


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PO Box 669
Newton, NC 28658

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In order to maximize the possibility of a positive kinship placement, a thorough assessment shall be conducted to evaluate the suitability of the placement.

Assessment should be based on an understanding of the kinship family’s culture and community, child rearing approaches, and family dynamics, and should focus on the ability of the family to meet the immediate and ongoing needs of the child. Any relative or other kinship caregiver should be licensed as a foster parent if they want to be licensed and meet licensing requirements.

In addition to completing the initial and comprehensive assessment, agency staff shall maintain sufficient contact with the kinship care provider and the child to assure that the basic physical and emotional needs of the child are being met and that the care provider is receiving adequate informal and formal support to meet those needs. Whether or not the home is licensed as a foster home, social workers shall have face-to-face contact with the kinship caregiver at least once within the first week of placement and at least monthly thereafter.