Sometimes it is in the best interest of a foster child to be placed with a relative. When a child can no longer live at home, a relative or family friend may be asked to become the child’s temporary guardian. Often called “kinship care,” this program walks with a family through the process of becoming licensed foster care providers. By becoming a licensed foster care kinship family, you will receive financial assistance, training and support from our expert staff. It is especially important to note that children who are placed in licensed homes qualify for a variety of state services and assistance.
Through kinship care, relatives may have an opportunity to adopt. A legally free child is a child whose parental rights were terminated in the court of continuing jurisdiction. If a kin child was placed with you, and you are seeking to adopt them, please contact our office to see if we can serve you. We offer the same training, support and counseling services to you as we do to other foster and adoptive families. The added benefit is that we will come to your home for your initial orientation. We know you are the experts of your family and will seek your knowledge and experience to help provide every child with a lifelong plan.
Some of the benefits of placing children with relatives includes:
• Children are placed in a familiar setting with a relative who already loves them
• Children maintain their cultural identity
• Family traditions are preserved
• Children are able to build healthy relationships within their extended family
• Family-related foster parents provide the child with a feeling of stability