Kin caregivers play a vital role in the lives of the child(ren) entrusted in their care, including:
Providing for the basic daily needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, and supervision; transporting the child(ren) to appointments, court hearings, and visits with family; arranging medical and dental care; and role modeling positive parenting to the child’s parents.
Kin caregivers are provided access to programs and resources to support them and ensure they are equipped to care for the child(ren) placed in their home. Available supports include:
child receives Medicaid to cover medical, dental and therapeutic services; education supports; access to financial resources to help meet the needs of the child(ren); and connections to community services.
While the case is open, a case manager will be assigned to the case to assist with any service needs of the child. Kinship Specialists can assist in linking kinship caregivers to community resources, even after case closure.