Emphasizes the benefits of placing children with kin, such as reduced trauma, improved well-being, and better permanency outcomes. This article outlines the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP), which provides financial assistance and other supports to children in kinship care who are eligible for federal foster care payments. The brief discusses barriers to GAP as well as suggests strategies to promote a kin-first culture, expand financial support and increase stakeholder buy-in for GAP.

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