When Dana Murdock’s newborn niece Dahlia entered Hawaii’s foster care system in 2016, she flew from Arkansas to Hawaii as quickly as possible. Having aged out of the child welfare system herself, Murdock knew she couldn’t let her sister’s child languish in the system, and she couldn’t blame her sister for spiraling into drug addiction and losing Dahlia to foster care.“My little sister was my whole world,” Murdock said. “I did everything I could for her. I can’t blame her for turning out the way she did, but I can make sure that Dahlia can hear about her mom.”

Source: Relative Growth: Three States Increasingly Rely on Kin for Kids in Foster Care – The Chronicle of Social Change