Reminders for Foster Families: Relative Search is Ongoing

September 21, 2023

We know foster families make plans and rearrange their schedules to support children and youth they believe will be placed in their home and that it can be frustrating and disappointing when the placement doesn’t happen or is very short-term. That is why we want to remind families about relative search. 

When children and youth enter foster care, DCYF starts the ongoing process of searching for relatives. The search continues throughout a case, and identifying and connecting with relatives can take time. At the very same time, or concurrently, we look for a foster home. There are situations when placement staff contact foster parents about placement only to find out at the same time or within the first days of placement that a relative is available.

If you have any questions, contact your caseworker.