Kinship Caregiver Agreement

In many cases, caregivers are not represented by a lawyer and are often forced to make legal decisions themselves. While the KCRC always recommends seeking legal advice on your specific situation, there are some things you can do on your own to make legal processes related to kinship care more manageable. When parents are unable to meet the basic needs of a child, parents or family friends often intervene to care for the child. This is kinship care, and it can be temporary or permanent. The guardian of the family is obliged to facilitate any visit granted to the parents. If the DSS or the Court of Justice requires a certain type of visitation, the caregiver must respond to the solicitude of the kinship. For example, the family guardian may be required to supervise the visit or only participate in public visits, etc. If the siblings are not reunited, the child can also be visited by siblings. If SCDSS takes care of a child and identifies a family leader, that person can obtain a kinship license.

Parents with licensed families have support that can make placement more stable for the child, including monthly payments from the board of directors. Kin may be related to blood, marriage or adoption, including grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister or brother. Kinship facilitators can also be people who are not related to the child, but who play an important role in the child`s life. A family manager acts in an educational role until a child can re-enter the issuer or obtain permanent alternative mediation. The caregiver is responsible for the child`s needs, i.e. safety, food, clothing, education or health care that may be lacking in the child`s home. A family leader must ensure that he or she can meet the needs of the child and meet the requirements of the DSS and the Court of Justice. A family caregiver does not receive financial assistance or official service from the state unless he or she is a licensed guardian. This is the main difference between a parent and an adoptive parent.

A family caregiver can become a licensed relative, which essentially means the same as becoming a foster parent. Once the authorization is granted, economic and support services would be available. Kinship care refers to an informal or formal temporary or permanent plan in which a parent (e.g. B grandparent, aunt or uncle) or an unrelated adult (also known as a fictitious parent) has taken full-time care of a child whose parents are unable to do so. These close relatives often already have a close relationship or connection with the child they are caring for. Studies show that kinship care can help children maintain family and community ties, strengthen placement stability, and maintain a sense of identity, culture and belonging in times of crisis. Kinship care can also help reduce separation-related trauma and maintain sibling cohabitation.