When the state of Texas takes conservatorship of children due to abuse or neglect, they need a loving family until the kids can safely return home. In the past, foster families were the primary resource when kids had to be away from their parents, but today, Kinship Caregivers are leading the way. Kinship caregivers are relatives and friends who have relationships with the children or their families.
Kids in care receive Medicaid to cover healthcare expenses, and kinship caregivers can receive a stipend for 12 months if they meet specific income guidelines. These families often step in to help children they love with almost no notice, taking on significant costs and responsibilities. These resources are helpful but only help with a small portion of the needs many kinship caregivers encounter.
Texas Kinship Caregivers have the opportunity to become verified (also known as licensed) for foster care for whatever time the children need to be in care. If kinship caregivers choose to complete the steps to become verified with PCHAS, their resources increase significantly.
Kinship families don’t say “yes” to kids they love because of money. Most Kinship caregivers commit to ensuring the wellbeing of their grandkids, nieces, nephews and godchildren without giving much thought to how they’ll navigate the expenses and needs of raising more children. They love and will do anything for their family.
At PCHAS, we believe kinship families deserve support as they change their whole lives to ensure kids are safe and feel loved. If you’re a kinship caregiver, PCHAS can help you access support and resources to help your family thrive. Connect with us at 281-324-0544 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.