What are the eligibility requirements for kinship care?
Among the requirements are the following:
  • A home visit must be conducted to ensure that the home environment is appropriate and safe for the child(ren). If these criteria are met, the relative will be approved to receive the Kinship Care grant.
  • The relative and any other adults residing in the home must agree to have a local and state criminal background check completed in addition to a check into any current or past involvement with Child Protective Services. Extensive contacts with law enforcement or Child Protective Services by any adult in the home may cause the applicant to be denied Kinship Care funding.
  • The relative must demonstrate an ability to meet the needs of the child(ren) and be able to provide a safe, stable living environment.
  • The social worker must be able to show that the child(ren) would be at risk of abuse and/or neglect if they continued to reside in the parental home or the child(ren) has been abused and/or neglected by the natural parents.
For more information, please contact Human Services.

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1. Is there any financial assistance available if I am caring for my relative's child?
2. What are the eligibility requirements for kinship care?
3. Are there any times that a financial supplement would not be available?
4. How often will I have contact with a social worker if I am receiving the Kinship Care grant?
5. Who should I contact for more information?