It is a common practice: relatives advance to offer their home, their time, their food, their love for grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other parents whose parents can no longer care for them. It happens in all cultures and regions — in big cities, rural towns and suburban communities. Family members who care for their relatives face many challenges: relatives, at their age, in poor health, may be socially isolated or emotionally ill-prepared to take responsibility for young children while they love them. Children, often abused or neglected, may have physical or behavioural problems requiring professional help as well as the care of the relative caretaker. Twenty counties have previously received grants for the continuation of existing Kinship Assistance Services (KSSP) programs. National law limited the right of public funds to establish a CSSP in counties where 40% or more of their dependent children (who lived under the guardianship of the Children`s Aid Office) lived with relatives. KSSP`s programs provide non-financial, municipal-based family support services to caregivers and dependent children who are brought into their homes by the Youth Court. These programs also offer different types of non-financial assistance to related facilitators and children who are at risk of addiction or crime but who are not dependent on the youth court. The KSSP will also provide life-duration services to people with an education right or adoptive parents of former dependent children.
Due to the shift in budgetary responsibility resulting from the 2011 Finance Act, some KSSP programs in these counties may no longer offer these support services. A parent or NREFM caring for a dependent child is entitled to monthly support, regardless of whether the child is federally eligible. This payment is currently approximately $688 to $859 per month, depending on the age of the child. These payments are used to offset the cost of providing the child with food, clothing, extracurricular activities and other necessities. CHFS began in early December with payment to the original applicants in the court decision. So far, payments have begun for 35 other family and fictitious caregivers eligible for the termination payments. As the number and proportion of children placed outside the family continues to increase, children`s aid organizations have worked to ensure that children are housed by relatives. The benefits of family care are recognized and are among the forces that have led to the increasing use of kinship care. (Child Welfare League of America, January/February 1995) If you have any questions about this information, please contact DCBS at (877) 565-5608 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If email is not an option, families and caregivers who believe they are eligible to pay relatives or fictitious relatives can contact the CHFS Kinship support hotline at 877-565-5608. A parent caring for a child who is not dependent on the youth court is not entitled to care.