Kinship Caregivers

The Amara CaRES Kinship Program

•   Basic support services: Information about resources in the community around housing, childcare, mental health, and other related issues. Helping families find and apply for financial resources like non-needy TANF and concrete goods.
•   Assistance with the licensing process: Help for kinship caregivers to complete the foster license application, choosing an agency or licensing through DCYF, and help signing up for Caregiver Core Training (CCT) which is required for all families who want to become a licensed home.
•   Connection with Amara CaRES: Virtual drop-in discussion group for kinship caregivers! A time to answer questions with a focus on licensing supports on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. No Registration Required. 
Join us every Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Click here to join the Zoom session

Contact KinshipCaRES@amarafamily.org for more information about services.

Resource Library

Foster Parenting and Kinship Care Newsletter

News, information and updates from The Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

Kinship Navigators and Support Groups

A directory of Kinship Navigators, resource persons, and support groups.

Taking Care of Yourself While Raising Your Grandchildren

Focusing on your physical, mental and financial health is critical if you are your grandchild’s primary caregiver. Find resources for legal, health, financial and other needs in this article from RetireGuide.

Child-Only TANF

Child-only TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). This type of TANF is not based on income and kinship caregivers are eligible in most instances. You can apply for TANF online.

How to Apply for Child-Only TANF

Our partners at the Department of Social and Health Services developed this video to walk you through how to complete a TANF application.

Did You Know? - Services and Supports for Grandparents and Relatives Raising Children

The resource guide covers multiple services and resources available to kinship caregivers.

Options for Grandparents and Other Nonparental Caregivers

There are a variety of legal issues that many relatives raising children face. To help provide information, chick the link for DSHS resource list.

Commonly Used Acronyms

A guide to help you understand commonly used acronyms in Children’s Services.

The Child Welfare Team

A guide to the different roles of people associated with a child welfare case.

Stay Up-to-Date

Sign up to receive monthly schedules and highlights of upcoming trainings you might be interested in!

Foster Parent and Kinship Caregiver FAQs

More helpful information on being a foster parent.

Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care

This chart is designed to help kinship foster parents compare adoption and guardianship as two options that you and the children in your care can pursue to exit foster care and create permanent families.

Journey Toward Licensure

Becoming licensed as a kinship care provider offers all the benefits and supports that a foster parent gets. You will go through the same licensing process.

Caregiver Core Training Online

Sign up for the required prerequisite multisession CCT eLearning course.

The FIRST Program

Investigations can be stressful times. The FIRST Program is here to help! Get Support through an allegation. Call 866-393-6186 toll-free.

Foster Care Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence are recognized as multidisciplinary medical centers where youth in the child welfare system can receive coordinated healthcare services. Children and youth in foster care and adoption support can see high quality, trauma-informed primary care providers. These providers understand the needs of child welfare involved families.

Guide to Free and Discounts for Foster & Kinship Caregivers

Your best resource for community programs is your local CaRES Mentor. The Alliance CaRES program does not support or endorse any of the listed items; they are compiled for your convenience.

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