Sometimes it’s in the best interest of a child to be placed with a relative. When a child can no longer live at home, an aunt, uncle, grandparent, relative or family friend may be asked to become the child’s guardian. Often called “kinship care,” our Fostering Connections program aids a child’s relatives through the process of becoming licensed care providers.
By becoming a licensed Fostering Connections family, you will receive financial assistance, training and support from our expert staff. In addition, children who are placed in licensed Fostering Connections homes qualify for a variety of state services and assistance.
- Children are placed in a familiar setting with a relative who already loves them
- Biological parents retain hope they may be reunited with their children
- Children maintain their cultural identity
- Family traditions are preserved
- Children are able to build healthy relationships within their extended family
- Family-related foster parents provide the child with a feeling of stability
The process of becoming a Fostering Connections family is similar to process of becoming a foster parent. Read about how to get started.