When a child is not able to safely remain at home with their parents, a relative or non-relative caregiver who is willing and able to provide care for the child, is the next best alternative. This allows the child to maintain connections with the family and can also provide more stability when the caregiver lives near the child and their familiar surroundings, such as schools, friends, and the local community. When a judge determines that a child is not able to stay safely in his or her home, every effort is made to place the child with a caregiver with whom the child has a relationship and feels comfortable. This may be a relative like a grandparent, aunt/uncle, cousin, or even adult sibling; it may also be someone who is not a blood relative but has a close relationship with the child, such as a godparent, mentor, church leader, or close family friend.
We know that Kinship caregivers sometimes face unique challenges when taking on the responsibility of caring for a child, and we want you to know that support is available. Click here to go to the FAQ page for more information.
Services for Kinship Caregivers
There are two types of Kinship caregivers: Those who are licensed and those who are not. Benefits to becoming licensed through the Caregiver Support Program include an assigned kinship coordinator to provide support and navigation of services, medical, dental and therapeutic services, access to trauma-informed training, connections to community resources and a monthly stipend to help meet expenses. Download our Kin Caregiver Brochure to learn more about becoming a licensed Kinship Caregiver.
Once a child is placed in your home, a kinship coordinator will help you complete the next steps required to become a relative/nonrelative caregiver. Once you complete the process, you will receive a monthly board payment for each child.