Kinship Care is the care of a child by a relative for which the relative receives a monthly payment and Medicaid for the child. This type of care can be court ordered or voluntary.
Voluntary Kinship Care refers to an arrangement between a parent and a relative for the care of a child without involvement by the child welfare system. It has been determined that the basic needs and safety of the child can be better met with the relative than with the parent, and could be long term (some relative caregivers have guardianship over their relative children).
Court Ordered Kinship Care refers to a situation in which the Juvenile Court has ordered a child to be placed in the care of a relative. In these instances, the relative caregiver is required to obtain a foster care license to receive Kinship Care benefits and to maintain placement of the child. There is an assigned social worker that monitors the progress of the family's care and works to achieve permanency for the child.
The Kinship Care program is designed to help support the child and the relative caregiver during the time a child is living outside their own home, either temporarily or permanently.
The State Department of Children and Families
Child Information Gateway
Department of Children and Families' Kinship Navigator Portal
(Resources to help with medical care, support payments & more)