MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) –  The Connecticut Department of Children and Families says since 2011, it has doubled the number of foster children placed with family members or close acquaintances– reaching a record 42 percent of placements in recent months. Studies show that children placed in these so-called “kinship” homes have better outcomes.

Also, for the first time ever, officials say the state now places more children in kinship families than in traditional foster home settings where the child has no connection to the caregiver.

Governor Dannel Malloy, DCF Commissioner Joette Katz, foster families and agency officials gathered at the DCF office in Middletown on Tuesday to make the announcement.

“The staff at DCF have worked tirelessly to achieve these goals.  We believe that placing children with a family member is critical – it fundamentally improves outcomes,” said Malloy.

While Katz said increasing kinship placements has been a focus during her time at the agency, she said there will always be a place for non-kinship homes.

“Our traditional foster families provide loving homes and are tremendous partners in caring for children,” said Katz. “Our foster care system overall is stronger, however, when we attain a healthy balance that also includes lots of relatives and kin.”


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