Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Alan Leschied


This study investigated the efficacy of kinship care as an alternative to traditional foster care with neglected children. A retrospective file review of case files provided by the London-Middlesex Children’s Aid Society (CAS), were examined along with two additional questionnaires assessing child outcomes and quality of kinship care. CAS caseworkers assessed both the kinship and foster care groups as representing equal levels of risk. Results suggested that neglected children placed in kinship care were rated as having better school- and behaviour-related outcomes contrasted with neglected children in foster care. This trend was identified at both the 3- and 6-month follow-up periods. Statistically significant differences were found in all areas except with the 6-month school-related outcome measure. The quality of the kinship care placements was evaluated. On average they were rated as above satisfactory. Implications for the CAS, counsellors, and future research directions are discussed.



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