Foster care in North Dakota is growing at a rate of 6% each year. Our state now has the 8th highest rate in the nation. When foster placement does occur, North Dakota ranks 39th for placement with kin/relatives.
More kinship placements means children keep their ties to family through a familiar, safe and nurturing environment. Research shows that kids raised in kinship care:
- Have fewer disruptions in school
- Have fewer behavioral problems
- Experience less trauma at parental separation