Kinship Care: The Way It Was vs. The Way It Is: Grandparents to the Rescue. In 1978, kinship care became a formal part of the child welfare system across the country. However, it wasn’t until the 1990s that kinship care was considered a specific program within foster care. o o o o o o o Cost in 2018-2019 Carryover into 2020-2023 Total 2018-2023 Cost Savings of Diverting 10% of Children from Foster Care (21,459,829) (8,499,343) (29,959,171) In cases where a child must be removed from a home, Summit County Children Services (SCCS) will oftentimes work with extended family or friends to set up a Kinship Care placement, which can be temporary (foster care, legal guardianship or legal custody) or permanent (adoption).