Family Finding

Family Finding is a process whereby intensive search efforts are made to locate family members of children placed in out-of-home care. The goal is to seek out family members and to assess them for possible kinship placement or life-long connections with the child. Family Finding works nationwide, or even out of the country.

Guiding principles:

  • Is a youth driven process
  • Every youth deserves, and can have, a permanent family
  • Youth have the right to know about their family members; family members have the right to know about their youth
  • Youth should have connections with the biological family, regardless of whether they will live with them (unless there is a compelling reason not to)
  • With support, most youth can live in a home rather than in foster care or institution
  • Family and fictive kin help develop, plan and achieve the youth’s permanence
  • Build permanency through reunification, guardianship, adoption or another form of permanent commitment.