Caregivers are family members that have agreed to care for children who have been removed from their parents. They are grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who had relationships with the children prior to the children being placed in conservatorship with Child Protective Services. While many family members say "yes" to caring for children, they are also saying "yes" to unexpected lifestyle changes leaving them with minimal time, resources, and energy to get everything done.
Kinship relative caregivers have been taking care of family for centuries. In the case of Child Welfare, Kinship Caregivers are essential to the positive permanency of children who are placed in the care of Child Protective Services. Research shows us that children who are placed within their families of origin have outcomes that are much better than when they are placed with a foster family.
According to Casey Family Programs, research demonstrates that children placed with kin experience increased stability, improved well-being and behavioral health outcomes, and higher levels of permanency over children placed with strangers.
Getting Your License
Getting your foster license can help offset costs. If you are a family member, caring for children that have an open CPS case, you have landed in the right spot. Many relative placement homes are in need of support in numerous areas; monetarily, physically, and emotionally.
You may be eligible to get your foster license. When you become a licensed foster parent, you are approved to receive a payment that far exceeds what you receive as a kinship placement. Not only that, but you will have the support of a case manager and quicker access to support for needs that may come up while caring for children.
If you currently have children in your home, with an open CPS case, and you have not received a foster care license, or are interested in learning more about how to get one, click the button below to complete the form and someone will contact you soon!
How do I become a foster or adoptive parent?
Fictive kinship is when children are placed with an individual, unrelated by birth or marriage, who has personal or emotional ties with the children or their family prior to the placement (e.g. family friends, school staff, babysitters, etc.)