Who is a kinship caregiver?
Kinship Care supports individuals who provide care (support, nurture, and protection) for a child 24/7/365. A kinship caregiver is a relative by blood, marriage, or adoption.
The caregiver may be a non-relative adult if there’s a long-standing bond and relationship with the child or family.
Types of Kinship Care
There are formal and informal kinship caregivers.
With Kinship Care (formal), the local Department of Social Services places a child, who comes to their attention, with a relative caregiver. The relative maintains custody and provides 24/7 care.
With Informal Kinship Care, a relative or non-relative adult provides temporary care and custody for a child due to serious family hardship. Legal custody is not required and the child is not in the care, custody or guardianship of the local Department of Social Services.