Kinship Care is when a relative or non-relative has taken over the full-time care, nurturing and protection of a child. The definition for kinship caregivers also goes beyond the scope of blood relatives and may include an adult who has a familiar relationship/bond with the child and/or family.
Qualified families may be eligible for the Kinship Permanency Incentive, which provides limited financial assistance to relative caregivers.
The Area Office on Aging Kinship Navigator program also provides support for older adults caring for relative children.
More information is available in the brochure, "Kinship Care: Relatives Caring for Children."