Kinship Care

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Kinship Care is a living arrangement where a minor child is residing with a legal relative. This arrangement can be on a voluntary or court ordered basis. The relative could be eligible for a financial grant of $232 per month for each eligible child.

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR RELATIVE PROVIDERS 

It's all Relative - a support group available to all Outagamie County residents that are raising their grandchildren or other minor relatives. This group focuses on the roles grandparents and relatives play, and provides an opportunity to meet others who share similar experiences, knowledge, strengths and hopes. This support group provides a place to belong and is a network of support.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

A social worker must be able to show that the child(ren) would be at risk of abuse and/or neglect if they continued to reside in the parental home or the child has been abused and/or neglected by the natural parents.
Must be able to prove legal relationship.
The relative must demonstrate an ability to meet the needs of the child and be able to provide a safe, stable living environment.
The relative and any other person over the age of 10 residing in the home must agree to have a local and state criminal background check completed in addition to a check into any current or past involvement with Child Protective Services. Extensive contacts with law enforcement or child protective services by an adult in the home may cause the applicant to be denied kinship care funding.
A home visit by a social worker must be conducted to ensure that the home environment is appropriate and safe for the child. If these criteria are met, the relative will be approved to receive the kinship care grant.
Contacting the child’s natural parents to be sure they know of and approve of the child’s living arrangements, unless it is a court ordered placement.
Acquiring information to refer the natural parents to the child support agency in an attempt to recoup the cost of the kinship care grant.

IS THERE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE IF I AM CARING FOR A RELATIVE CHILD?

The State of Wisconsin provides a grant in the amount of $232 per month per child for relatives meeting the eligibility requirements. However, due to funding, there could be a waiting list for the program. If this needs to occur, applicants are placed on a waiting list in the order their application is received. Once funding is available, the social worker will contact the relative to determine if they meet the eligibility requirements listed above. There is one exception in that children placed in a relatives’ home under a Juvenile Court order are not subject to the waiting list.

HOW OFTEN WILL I HAVE CONTACT WITH A SOCIAL WORKER IF I AM RECEIVING THE KINSHIP CARE GRANT?

Kinship care cases are reviewed one time per year to ensure that the relative continues to meet eligibility requirements. If there are concerns about the stability of the living arrangements, the social worker may have more frequent contact. Children who are placed with relatives under a juvenile court order will also have a social worker from the child protection unit who will monitor the placement on a consistent basis. Social workers will be expected to visit with the child on a monthly basis.

KINSHIP CARE MAY BE DENIED IF:

*  The child receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
*  The natural parent resides in the home
*  The criminal check does not meet state requirements
*  The child resides with someone not identified as a legal relative
*  The jurisdictional and need criteria are not met as defined by Wisconsin State Statutes.
*  If relative has a significant Child Protective Services history 

The child may be eligible for medical assistance and child care funding. Eligibility for these programs is determined by the W-2 Economic Support Programs. To apply call Outagamie County Economic Support at (920) 832-5168.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR KINSHIP CARE?

Call (920) 832-5161 and ask to be transferred to the foster care/kinship care social worker or email the following link: HHSFoster@outagamie.org