Kinship Care


 Definition of Kinship Care

Kinship Care is the care of a child by a relative for which the relative receives a monthly payment. The Kinship Care program is designed to help support the child and the relative caregiver during the time that the child is living outside their own home, either temporarily or permanently. Kinship Care recognizes the importance of extended family and provides an alternative to foster care or other out-of-home care placements for those children who are unable to live in their own homes.



Definition of a Relative for the Kinship Care Program

In relationship to the Kinship Care program, a relative means an adult who is the child’s step-parent, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, half-sister, brother-in law, sister-in-law, first cousin, second cousin, nephew, niece, aunt, uncle, step-uncle, step-aunt, or any person of a proceeding generation as denoted by the prefix of grand, great or great-great, whether by blood, marriage or legal adoption, or the spouse of any person named in this subsection, even if the marriage is terminated by death or divorce.



Two Types of Kinship Care

      • Voluntary-refers to an arrangement between a parent and a relative for the care of a child without involvement by the child welfare system.
      • Court Ordered-refers to a situation in which Juvenile Court has ordered a child to be placed in the care of a relative. In these instances, the relative caregiver is required to obtain a foster care license to continue receiving Kinship Care benefits.