Financial assistance for unlicensed relative placements is available for children under the care and supervision of DCS. For more information see:
- Brochure on Financial Assistance Options for Relative Caregivers
- Relative Resource Guide
- DCS Policy 16.2
- DCS Education Services Resource Toolkit for Parents/Caregivers
- DCS Education Services Program
Relative/Kinship Care is the full time care, nurturing and protection of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child. This definition is designed to be inclusive and respectful of cultural values and ties of affection. It allows a child to grow to adulthood in a family environment. One of the most recent stunning changes in the child welfare system has been the major growth in the number of children in state custody who are living with their relatives. It may have been a while since you have parented a child or maybe you do not have parenting experience. Relatives/kin may be called on to care for a child suddenly and therefore you may not be completely prepared. There are many sites that offer information and support for relative/kinship caregivers to help you become better equipped.