"Keeping families together, one kinship connection at a time."
The Child Welfare Information Gateway defines foster care as "a temporary living arrangement for children who cannot live with their parents or guardians because they are unsafe, have been neglected, or have been abused." Foster care is provided by licensed foster parents who are not related to the child. Kinship care, conversely, is "the full-time nurturing and protection of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child." Kinship caregivers are usually relatives or close family friends who have a pre-existing relationship with the child.
Kinship care is important because it helps to keep children with people they know and love, and it can provide them with a sense of safety and stability during difficult times.
If you are currently caring for a grandchild or a relative or considering doing so, it's important to understand the legal and financial aspects of kinship care. You may need to consider seeking legal guardianship or custody of the child, and you may be eligible for financial assistance to help with the costs of caring for the child.
There are also resources available to provide support and assistance to kinship caregivers, including counseling, case management, and training programs.
While not all kinship caregivers are grandparents, they are the most common type of relative caregiver. Other relatives who provide kinship care include aunts, uncles, siblings, and other extended family members. In some cases, close family friends may also provide kinship care.
Kinship care is when a child is taken care of by a family member or close friend because their parents are unable to do so. This can happen for different reasons, such as if the parents are sick or not able to take care of the child for a while. Kinship care is important because it helps to keep children with people they know and love, and it can provide them with a sense of safety and stability during a difficult time. It's like having a sleepover at your grandma's house when your parents go out of town, but for a longer period of time and because your parents can't take care of you right now. The person taking care of the child makes sure they have everything they need, like food, a place to sleep, and someone to talk to when they need it.