Kinship foster care is intended to provide substantially the same standard of care as children receive in placement with unrelated foster parents. In practice, however, the two differ enormously in New York City. Frequently, agencies place foster children in the homes of relatives with little regard for the adequacy of those homes. This Note evaluates the existing kinship foster care system, and examines the possibility of addressing the program's problems by creating a new legislative category for kinship guardians.

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