It is common in many communities for children to either live temporarily or to be raised in kinship living arrangements. These arrangements do not require the involvement and screening of BGCFS unless they are initiated as the result of an identified concern about a child’s safety.

Most kinship arrangements will require a short- term period of involvement by BGCFS in order to support the safety and well being of the child. The initial assessment will focus on the ability of the kinship caregiver to maintain the child in a safe home until there is a permanent option developed for the child.

The goal of BGCFS is to work with the child’s family and extended family or community towards establishing a stable and permanent home for the child. In some circumstances, the most appropriate permanent option for the child will be the kinship arrangement.