The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recently released a report on the Relative and Other Designated Caregiver Program (RODC). The program supports continuity and stability for children in the conservatorship of DFPS by providing financial assistance to eligible kinship caregivers.
The report reveals that as of fiscal year to-date (FYTD) 2021, 44.5% of children were placed with relatives or kin—an almost 2% increase from the previous year. The report also reveals a decline in disruptions and a slight improvement in time to permanency. There were 21,700 non-foster kinship placements which ended in FYTD 21; of these 1,843 (8.49%) kinship placements experienced a disruption.