A story of kinship care in three states

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From the Chronicle of Social Change

Relative Growth: Three States Increasingly Rely on Kin for Kids in Foster Care

When Dana Murdock’s newborn niece Dahlia entered Hawaii’s foster care system in 2016, she flew from Arkansas to Hawaii as quickly as possible. Having aged out of the foster care system herself, Murdock knew she couldn’t let her sister’s child languish in the system and she couldn’t blame her sister for spiraling into drug addiction and losing Dahlia to foster care.

“My little sister was my whole world,” Murdock said. “I did everything I could for her. I can’t blame her for turning out the way she did, but I can make sure that Dahlia can hear about her mom.”

Murdock set up residence on Maui as she began working to get custody of her niece. Within two weeks of her arrival, Murdock was outfitted to take in the newborn who had spent several weeks in the hospital and shortly thereafter Dahlia came to live with her.

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