Alternative Title

Exploring experiences of relative probate guardianship in Los Angeles, CA.

Author

Alison Davies

Publication Date

2017

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Study Type

Qualitative

Degree Name

Master of Social Work

Department

School for Social Work

Keywords

Kinship care, Child welfare, Guardian and ward, Foster home care, Kinship diversion, Child welfare system, Legal guardianship, Relative caregivers, Relative care, Informal care, Voluntary care, Foster care

Abstract

This qualitative study explored the characteristics and experiences of relative caregivers in Los Angeles County who were involved in a child welfare practice called “kinship diversion.” It specifically examined cases in which caregivers were diverted to probate court to obtain legal guardianship of their relatives' children as an alternative to opening a case with the child welfare system due to allegations of abuse or neglect against the biological parents. Five kinship caregivers were interviewed with a focus on answering the questions of who is diverted to legal guardianship, and why?

The findings of this study showed that diversion occurred in a range of circumstances, but all participants were already caring for their relatives' children at the time the child welfare system became involved. Furthermore, caregivers were uniformly dedicated to keeping the children out of the child welfare system, even if it meant sacrificing potential financial reimbursement.

Language

English

Comments

iii, 66 pages : illustrations. Includes bibliographical references (pages 49-57)

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