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Kinship Care Program

The Kinship Care Program assists non-parent caregivers during a child's initial transition into the caregiver's home. The program is designed to meet a child's immediate need for clothing, shelter, health, safety, and educational supplies.

A caregiver receiving assistance under this program must be a relative but not the parent of the child. The caregiver and child must be Delaware residents and U.S. citizens or legal aliens. In addition, the child must be under 18 years of age and must have moved into the caregiver's home within the past 180 days.

Financial eligibility is determined using the caregiver's family income. The income of the child's siblings or half siblings who have also moved into the caregiver's home is not counted. Neither the resources of the child nor the caregiver are counted towards eligibility.

The program can pay for items such as clothing for the child; furniture such as beds, chairs, and dressers; bed linens, blankets and towels; school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and calculators; items which directly foster child health or safety such as a car seat or infant monitor; and other necessities. Purchases not covered include electronic equipment such as personal computers, televisions, or stereos.

The Kinship Care Program is provided through a partnership between the Division of State Service Centers, the Division of Social Services, and the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities.

For more information about this program, please contact the Delaware Helpline at 1-800-464-4357. You can also find out more information about this program from the Division of State Service Centers or by contacting the nearest State Service Center to make an appointment with a State Service Center case worker.

Last Updated: Friday January 16 2009
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