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Joint Testimony on the Reauthorization of the Safe and Stable Families Act

June 16, 2011


Prepared by:

The reauthorization of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Act (“PSSFA”) presents an opportunity to provide critical support to a vulnerable population of children and caregivers in private kinship care (grandparents and relatives caring for children, i.e., extended families). Children live with grandparents and other relatives for the same reasons that children enter foster care: parental abuse, neglect, substance abuse, mental illness, abandonment, as well as for other reasons such as military deployment, incarceration illness, and temporary relocations.  These circumstances cause many kinship children to face special challenges, including higher rates of developmental disabilities, emotional problems, physical and learning disabilities, bereavement issues, attachment disorders and parental alienation.


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