Relative & Non-Relative Caregivers

Relative & Non-Relative Caregivers

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 relative and non-relative 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 on the “FAQ” page for more information.

Relative/Non-Relative Caregiver Program

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) offers special financial assistance to relative and non-relative caregivers who meet eligibility criteria and have custody of a child under age 18 who has been declared dependent by the Court.

Only the child's income and assets are counted when determining eligibility and payment amounts. Payments are based on the child's age and any countable income.

Speak with your assigned Dependency Case Manager for more information. Program guidelines can be located on the DCF website: